sashay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French chasser, chase, from Latin verb captare, from perfect passive participle captus, from verb capere, take.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sashay (plural sashays)

  1. A chassé.
  2. A sequence of sideways steps in a circle in square dancing.

Verb[edit]

sashay (third-person singular simple present sashays, present participle sashaying, simple past and past participle sashayed)

  1. (intransitive) To walk casually or showily; to strut, swagger or flounce.
    • 1994, Walter Dean Myers, The Glory Field[1], ISBN 978054505575, page 80:
      Goldie pulled her skirts up in front of her, gave Elijah a look over her shoulder, and sashayed away.
  2. (intransitive) To chassé when dancing.
  3. (intransitive) To move sideways.