\ 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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The financial, legal and tax issues shine a different light on the duo portrayed as sassy and successful real estate pros in Bravo's marketing of the new program, which debuts Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. What Bravo knew about those issues remains unclear. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "The 'Flipping Exes' baggage Bravo's not talking about: Bankruptcy, lawsuits, late taxes," 8 July 2019 Erica’s sassy attitude and empowering confidence throughout all eight episodes of season 3 made her an instant fan-favorite — an impressive feat considering how beloved all the original Stranger Things characters have been for years. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Erica is the MVP of Stranger Things season 3," 6 July 2019 Barkin played Annette Atkins, mother to aspiring beauty queen and news anchor Amber (Kirsten Dunst), in the 1999 cult comedy, which featured Janney in the role of Annette’s chain-smoking best friend (and sassy trailer park neighbor), Loretta. Joey Nolfi,, "Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin hold most smartest Drop Dead Gorgeous reunion," 28 June 2019 Laing, who has achieved as close to zero percent body fat as a human being can get, makes Felicia sassy, showy and risk-taking, as well as bitchy in interactions with Bernadette. Christine Dolen,, "Review: Slow Burn’s ‘Priscilla’ joyous and heart-tugging," 17 June 2019 Edgy, sassy Warriors such as Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, Monta Ellis and Al Harrington brought Nelson’s game plans to life. Mark Dufrene, The Mercury News, "A timeline of 10 pulsating Oracle-era Warriors memories," 5 June 2019 Carol was to the very end a sassy Southern lady with endless generosity, humor and lots of love., "Carol L. Haynes," 4 June 2019 The 30-year-old carried a protest sign with a classy side and a sassy side. Hannah Sparling,, "Kentucky teacher: Budget process a 'slap in the face'," 3 Apr. 2018 Viewers are treated to a confident black woman with a relatable storyline, devoid of stereotypical behaviors (loud mouth, sassy, unreasonably angry) that have become all too commonplace in media for black female characters in general. Teen Vogue, "From B.A.P.S. to Shrill: How Black Plus-Size Women Have Shaped the Romantic Comedy Genre," 10 May 2019

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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

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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