sassier; sassiest
: distinctively smart and stylish

Examples of sassy in a Sentence

Director J. J. Abrams has put the pop back in summer popcorn movies. His Star Trek, an exciting and sassy revamp of the classic sci-fi TV show and film series, is a blast in every sense of the word. Leah Rozen, People, 18 May 2009
Tamara, a youngish assistant district attorney who was wearing heels, Levi's, and a sassy blazer, was placing a tablecloth and vase with pink flowers on a table bearing a pink Sweet Sixteen banner and three pink-frosted Sams Club birthday cakes inscribed with "bring," "them," and "home" in black cursive icing. Samantha M. Shapiro, Mother Jones, March/April 2007
You might be in London, but the scene—from the counter stools and padded booths to the sassy waitresses and overhead TVs—is pure southern honky-tonk. Gourmet, March 2005
She bought some sassy high heels. sassy kids shouting, “Out of our way, you old geezer!”
Recent Examples on the Web From the percolating guitar lines of Peruvian cumbia and the rousing trumpets of Mexican ranchera to the misty melodrama of Argentine prog and the sassy elegance of Puerto Rican salsa, here are 15 Latin albums from 1974 to discover/rediscover, and cherish. Ernesto Lechner, SPIN, 16 Apr. 2024 Her radiant smile could light up the darkest room, and her sassy responses never failed to bring laughter and joy. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 Mary, the 4-year-old sassy fashionista, plays violin and cello and does gymnastics. Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Ultimately, sassy is just someone who’s able to know their worth and to speak on it. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 How appropriate that Martha’s quirky, sassy solo, which both mocked and celebrated her own artistic fearlessness, should be inhabited by one of today’s own multifaceted and charismatic trailblazers. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 3 Apr. 2024 Ryanair’s way of coping with customer disapproval is simple—sassy responses on social media. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 18 Mar. 2024 In the final measures of the third piece, four-note chords jangle against the elemental fifth of C and G, each giving off a smoky, sassy vibe. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 This is a quirky film, sure, but beyond Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana knocking around a CGI world, the wildest aspect is Bradley Cooper voicing a sassy raccoon. Eric Farwell,, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History


alteration of saucy

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sassy was in 1833

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“Sassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


sassier; sassiest
: given to back talk : impudent

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