\ 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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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 Here’s a look at six of Blue Ivy’s sassiest moments. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Blue Ivy Carter's 6 Sassiest Moments," 25 May 2018 Villanelle left, too, but not before taking his endearingly sassy daughter with her as a hostage. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Quick Recap of Killing Eve Season One, Before the Hit Show Returns," 5 Apr. 2019 From a kneeling performance to some seriously sassy use of hands, BTS held nothing back. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS Performed in Hong Kong and the ARMY Cannot Handle How Cute They Were," 22 Mar. 2019 Damian sings in a classic Broadway production number style, flashy and sassy. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "'Mean Girls' Composers on Making Tina Fey's Cult Favorite Into a Hit Musical," 18 May 2018 But this isn’t the first time DiGiorno has used Twitter to show off their sassy side. Madison Roberts,, "Of Course Chrissy Teigen's Birth Announcement Turned Into a Twitter Feud About Pizza," 17 May 2018 Becca is the perfect Diaz-replacement because of her knack for playing characters that are quick-witted, sassy, but ultimately have a heart of gold—just like Kimmy. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "My Best Friend's Wedding," 14 Feb. 2019 The variously slinky and driven choreography features such sidelights as pratfalls, teasingly competitive back-and-forth accents, sassy shoulder shimmies and snappy hand jives. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Minimalism and Me’ Review: Twyla Tharp Tells Her Story," 19 Nov. 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

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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