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sashay

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intransitive verb sa·shay \sa-ˈshā also sī-\

Simple Definition of sashay

  • : to walk in a slow and confident way that makes people notice you

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sashay

  1. 1 :  to make a chassé

  2. 2a :  walk, glide, gob :  to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous mannerc :  to proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner

Examples of sashay in a sentence

  1. The model sashayed down the runway.

  2. She sashayed into the room.



Did You Know?

The French verb chassé ("to make a sliding dance step") danced into English unaltered in the early 19th century, but as the word gained popularity in America people often had difficulty pronouncing and transcribing its French rhythms. By 1836, sashay had begun to appear in print in American sources. Authors such as Mark Twain, Zora Neale Hurston, and John Updike have all since put their names on the word's dance card and have enjoyed the liveliness and attitude sashay adds to descriptions of movement. They and many, many others have helped sashay slide away from its French dance origins to strut its stuff in descriptions of various walks and moves.

Origin and Etymology of sashay

alteration of chassé


First Known Use: 1836

Other Dance Terms


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sashay

noun sa·shay

Definition of sashay

  1. 1 :  trip, excursion

  2. 2 :  a square-dance figure in which partners sidestep in a circle around each other with the man moving behind the woman

  3. 3 :  chassé



Examples of sashay in a sentence

  1. <just a little weekend sashay we took to get away from it all>



1900

First Known Use of sashay

1900

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