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 for sashay

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Orthographically, there's no denying that chassé is French. It is from the French past participle of chasser, meaning "to chase," and it danced into English in the beginning of the 19th century. As the word gained popularity in America, people often had difficulty pronouncing and transcribing its French rhythms. It wasn't long before 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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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 2022

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“Sashay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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