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A modification of saucy, originally used in American English.[1]



sassy (comparative sassier, superlative sassiest) (originally US)

  1. Bold and spirited, cheeky, impudent, saucy. [from 1833]
    • 2006, John Wood Sweet, Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, 1730–1830, Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, ISBN 978-0-8122-1978-4, page 303:
      Jokes about blacks were more closely drawn from English jokes mocking servants and Irish people [] Many other jokes featured sassy servants besting their masters by playing dumb and taking instructions overly literally—another trope common in English servant jokes.
  2. Somewhat sexy and provocative.
  3. Lively, vigorous.
    • 2012, Jeff Koehler, Morocco: A Culinary Journey with Recipes from the Spice-scented Markets of Marrakech to the Date-filled Oasis of Zagora, San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-7738-1, page 10:
      Olives and preserved lemons add sassy tartness to salads, chicken tagines, and fish dishes []

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  1. ^ sassy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.