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sass

noun \ ˈsas \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of sass

1 informal
a : impudent speech : back talk
  • She takes no sass from her students.
b : bold rudeness or impertinence especially when considered playful, appealing, or courageous
  • It is all dished out by combat-ready waitresses whose borscht belt sass lends extra spice to the meal.
  • —Jane and Michael Stern
  • … Ferraro showed off her sass. She critiqued President Reagan by name with a series of crowd pleasing one-liners.
  • —Kathy Kiely
2 informal : an appealingly exciting, lively, or spirited quality
  • …Mick Jagger's recent solo may be high on style and sass, but it's tough to beat Talk Is Cheap for real primitive cool.
  • —David Fricke
  • As they have for a decade, the international wealthy favor New York City for its comparative safety and social sass.
  • —J. D. Reed
  • Like a vintage jazz tune, fine Scotch delivers smooth flavor and sass.
  • —Audarshia Townsend

Examples of sass in a Sentence

  1. an old-fashioned diner where getting sass from the waitstaff is part of the experience

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Origin and Etymology of sass

alteration of 1sauce


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sass

verb

Definition of sass

sassed; sassing; sasses
: to talk impudently or disrespectfully to

Examples of sass in a Sentence

  1. He got drunk and sassed a cop.

Recent Examples of sass from the Web

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First Known Use of sass

1856

in the meaning defined above

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SASS Defined for English Language Learners

sass

Definition of sass for English Language Learners

  • : to talk to (someone) in a rude way that does not show proper respect


SASS Defined for Kids

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sass

noun \ ˈsas \

Definition of sass for Students

: a rude or disrespectful reply

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sass

verb

Definition of sass for Students

sassed; sassing
: to speak to in a rude or disrespectful way

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