\ ˈsa-sē \
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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Saluting the Balmain army Balmain also fashioned a short and sassy custom creation for Mrs. Carter out of opalescent material. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "See Beyonce's jaw-dropping, high-fashion looks from her 'On the Run II' tour with Jay-Z," 7 June 2018 Sunday’s performer is pop-jazz-cabaret diva Suede, a sassy vocal powerhouse who also plays piano, guitar, and trumpet., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 18 May 2018 The service, too, is distinctive — efficient and a bit sassy. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Don Pistos does Mexican cuisine like no one else," 5 Apr. 2018 Rose was selfless, sassy, generous, loving, funny and strong., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2018 She's lately been sassy on Twitter, mocking critics and correcting their misspellings., "Once silent, Stormy Daniels speaks loudly with lawsuit targeting Trump," 10 Mar. 2018 The dress is a reflection of her: strong and sassy because of the corset, soft and feminine like the ruffles, precious like the Swarovski crystals, and endearing like the pleats. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Luar’s Raul Lopez Made a Wedding Dress Designed to Make You Feel Like You’re on Love ’Shrooms," 11 July 2018 De Jesús is another standout in the play, as the rambunctious and sassy Emory. Dave Quinn,, "The Boys in the Band," 1 June 2018 And who could forget Apfel's foray into the tech world with her custom Emoji collection, which are as chic and sassy as the legend herself. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Iris Apfel Just Launched Her First-Ever Furniture Collection," 5 Dec. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sassy

: having or showing a rude lack of respect

: very stylish

: confident and energetic


\ ˈsa-sē \
sassier; sassiest

Kids Definition of sassy

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

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a magnificent or impressive array

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