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sashay

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verb sa·shay \ sa-ˈshā also sī- \

Definition of sashay

intransitive verb
1 :to make a chassé
2 a :walk, glide, go
b :to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous manner
c :to proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner

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Examples of sashay in a Sentence

  1. The model sashayed down the runway.

  2. She sashayed into the room.

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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

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sashay

noun

Definition of sashay

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

Examples of sashay in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of sashay

1900

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SASHAY Defined for English Language Learners

sashay

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verb

Definition of sashay for English Language Learners

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



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