\ 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 Linda Ronstadt made a hit with her sassy 1975 country-rock version. Matt Wake |, al, "Did you know these rock and metal classics were covers?," 8 June 2020 One is sassy and jocular, as Ayanna, a coolly confident would-be writer, hangs out with her boisterous group of girlfriends. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Premature’ Review: Summer Loving," 20 Feb. 2020 Plus, people who didn't understand the sassy server conceit got pretty offended, which is still pretty funny to watch. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Food & Drink Lettuce now praise Richard Melman, one of the greatest innovators in Chicago food history," 16 Apr. 2018 GothamGetty Images Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's daughter Luna is quirky, sassy, and opinionated, just like her mom. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen's Daughter Luna Has the Most Skeptical, Relatable Reaction to Paparazzi," 21 Feb. 2020 Pink, sassy, and showy, the flamingo is one bird that never goes unnoticed. al, "A cocktail served in a flamingo? Only in Birmingham," 14 Feb. 2020 The rest of the 38-look show carried on in the sassy vein. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quirks and provocations define Paris Fashion Week shows," 25 Sep. 2019 Wagner’s story is reset deep in the heart of Texas, with Wotan as a powerful rancher, Siegfried as a guitar-strumming cowboy, and Brünnhilde as a sassy cowgirl. New York Times, "Review: ‘Das Barbecü’ Is Wagner’s ‘Ring’ With a Side of Brisket," 27 Jan. 2020 But the ascent of a sassy buzzword also raises questions — about who can actually afford a momcation, and why this escape feels so urgently necessary in the first place. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, "American mothers need a break. But is the ‘momcation’ a solution to their problems, or a symptom?," 21 Jan. 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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17 Jun 2020

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“Sassy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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