\ ˈsa-sē How to pronounce sassy (audio) \
sassier; sassiest

Definition of sassy

3 : distinctively smart and stylish

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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!”
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Recent Examples on the Web Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, 12 May 2021 Duluth Trading, which is known for its sassy marketing of men's and women's casual wear, workwear and accessories, was founded in 1989. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2021 While Parton isn’t the only one dressing up to get the shot—designer Marc Jacobs wore hot pink pants for the occasion—her look added a bit of sassy flair to the very clinical process. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 3 Mar. 2021 Then last week, while joking around with a contestant named Greg, viewers caught Pat giving the contender a rather sassy look. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 8 Dec. 2020 Darwin was also a good friend — a sassy, independent beagle, occasional growler and regular howler who loved road trips second only to eating. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2020 Enter the sassy Dorothea Williams (Angela Bassett). Tanya Christian, Glamour, 25 Dec. 2020 Adiba is happy to take the bad with the good, thrilled to be the parent of a sassy tween. Amy Silverman For Arizona Daily Star, ProPublica, 12 Dec. 2020 His voice slashes through the music like a sassy little whip. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of sassy

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sassy

alteration of saucy

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25 May 2021

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“Sassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sassy

chiefly US, informal
: having or showing a rude lack of respect
: very stylish
: confident and energetic


\ ˈsa-sē How to pronounce sassy (audio) \
sassier; sassiest

Kids Definition of sassy

: having or showing a rude lack of respect sassy children a sassy answer

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