From French chasser (“chase”), from Latin captō, frequentative of capiō (“I take”).
sashay (plural sashays)
- A chassé.
- A sequence of sideways steps in a circle in square dancing.
sashay (third-person singular simple present sashays, present participle sashaying, simple past and past participle sashayed)
- (intransitive) To walk casually or showily; to strut, swagger or flounce.
1994, Walter Dean Myers, The Glory Field, ISBN 978054505575, page 80:
- Goldie pulled her skirts up in front of her, gave Elijah a look over her shoulder, and sashayed away.
- (intransitive) To chassé when dancing.
- (intransitive) To move sideways.