sa·​shay | \ sa-ˈshā How to pronounce sashay (audio) also sī- \
sashayed; sashaying; sashays

Definition of sashay

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intransitive verb

1a : to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous manner The model sashayed down the runway. Rinna is sashaying down a street in one of Sutton's designer gowns for some reason!— Jodi Walker Her friends had long whispered to her about Lute's sleek good looks, and the way he sashayed about the island as if he owned it.— Dorothy West
b : walk, glide, go Fans should enjoy Mexico goalie Jorge Campos, with his pink-and-lime-green outfits and the way he sashays upfield, far from his goal, when the spirit moves him.The New York Times With his cowboy wisdom and irreverent wit, he sashayed into America's heart early this century and has remained there ever since.People Weekly
c : to proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner The hook dangling from the airplane's tail is supposed to clear the ramp by at least 10 feet; but the ramp itself, in heavy seas, may be rising and falling 15 feet and sashaying side to side in a figure-eight as well.— Peter Garrison
2 : to make a chassé



Definition of sashay (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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.

Examples of sashay in a Sentence

Verb The model sashayed down the runway. She sashayed into the room. Noun just a little weekend sashay we took to get away from it all
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, last week’s episode finally saw Denali sashay away after her makeover with Olivia Lux landed the pair in the bottom two — but not without one final show. Justin Curto, Vulture, "How Drag Race’s Denali Gets in the Lip-Sync Zone," 15 Mar. 2021 Expect one last queen to sashay away at the end of tonight’s episode ... unless Mama Ru springs a surprise on everyone, which has happened this season. oregonlive, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13, Episode 14 free live stream info, time, TV channel, how to watch ‘Lucky’ semifinals online (4/9/21)," 10 Apr. 2021 After a thrilling performance from both queens, RuPaul announced that Utica had survived once again, and asked Tina to turn it, burn it, and sashay away. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Tina Burner Just Wants 'Drag Race' Fans to Stop Taking Everything Seriously: 'Sorry, Not Sorry'," 25 Mar. 2021 Fans will soon be able to sashay, shantay, and slay on the RuPaul's Drag Race runway, as production company World of Wonder will release a new video game based on the Emmy-winning TV franchise. Joey Nolfi,, "You can soon sashay the RuPaul's Drag Race runway in a new video game," 17 Mar. 2021 Plenty of Denali's fans have been vocal about her elimination, saying that the judges' critiques were much harsher toward Olivia, and that her partner should have been the one to sashay away. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "'Drag Race': Denali Is Still Shook That Crystal Waters Said 'Thank You' For Her '100% Pure Love' Lip Sync," 16 Mar. 2021 And so my beloved Tamisha unfortunately must sashay away. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race," 5 Feb. 2021 In other words, the bridge-and-tunnel crowd will soon be lining up to get in once again, while those in the know will sashay right past the bouncer. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "Of Course New York Nightlife is Coming Back. Here's How.," 3 Dec. 2020 Priyanka's Canadian bacon hasn't even finished sizzling, but another crop of fabulous Drag Race queens is already primed to sashay to the global stage. Joey Nolfi,, "Meet the flying Dutchwomen of RuPaul's Drag Race Holland season 1," 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Designers have long counted on Campbell to bring their creations to life, her inimitable sashay adding a special touch to countless collections. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "At 50, Naomi Campbell Remains at the Pinnacle of Supermodel Style," 19 Oct. 2020 Selena Gomez coos about self-care over music that inspires only slight sashays. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Pop Music’s Version of Life Doesn’t Exist Anymore," 19 Mar. 2020 There are more than enough nods (and even a sashay) to its predecessor in the sequel that matured fans will love and appreciate — but where does that leave children like mine? Lacey Vorrasi-banis,, "What parents should know before taking their kids to see Frozen 2: Opinion," 20 Nov. 2019 Our goose can do the aforementioned honk and also waddle — more of a try-not-to-love me sashay, actually — and use a nimble, elongated neck to pry radio wires free or hide under a table. Los Angeles Times, "What to play: ‘Untitled Goose Game’ gives us the rebel superhero we need — a goose," 28 Sep. 2019 Many have seen New York City Ballet’s principal dancer Tiler Peck sashay across the stages of Lincoln Center, Broadway, and beyond. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia Pas de Deux at a Benefit for the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation," 22 Jan. 2019 The sashay is also a square dance figure in which the partners take sideways steps to circle each other. John E. Mcintyre,, "In a word: sashay," 30 Apr. 2018 An existing relationship can take an extra steamy turn this week as Venus makes its final sashay across Leo’s fiery constellation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What This Week's Horoscope Means for You," 11 Sep. 2017 Then Joanna did the sashay and shante in front of Alexa’s judgmental eye. Geoffrey A. Fowler, WSJ, "Amazon Wants to Judge Your Style, So We Judged Amazon," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sashay


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sashay


alteration of chassé

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24 Apr 2021

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“Sashay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sashay

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

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