\ 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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Call it a sassy slice of spunk to an otherwise standard getup. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bad Bunny Is the Goofy Fashion Heartthrob We Need Now," 28 Nov. 2018 The sassy single from the upcoming album Interstate Gospel pokes fun at divorce, three years following the singer's own split from ex-husband Blake Shelton. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Addresses Her Divorce From Blake Shelton in Sassy New Song," 30 Oct. 2018 Chrissy Teigen had a sassy retort for an Instagram critic who disapproved of her shorter locks. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Chrissy Teigen shuts down Instagram troll who offered hairstyle tip," 25 Sep. 2018 To me, a zing of coral is what makes this sassy shade werk. Michelle Sulcov, Glamour, "5 Cult Favorite Lipstick Shades That Truly Look Awesome on Everyone," 28 Aug. 2018 Joanne Whalley joins the show as sassy nun Sister Maggie, helping call Murdock out on his brooding and keeping the show from getting as bleak as a DC superhero movie. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Most Read," 12 Oct. 2018 Named the Sweetener Collection, after her fourth album by the same name, this capsule is full of sweatshirts and tees in a palette of purple, white, and black that’s both sassy and sweet—and so Ariana. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Releases “Sweetener” Merch," 17 Aug. 2018 Now, Charlotte's adorable yet sassy quirks are starting to make sense. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Kate Middleton Gave Camilla Major Side-Eye at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Bibiana is so beautiful, strong, sassy and hilarious. Arie Luyendyk Jr.,, "Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Explains Why He Didn't Kiss Annaliese: 'I Couldn't Lead Her On'," 16 Jan. 2018

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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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