\ ˈsȯ-sē How to pronounce saucy (audio) , ˈsa- \
saucier; sauciest

Definition of saucy

1 : served with or having the consistency of sauce
2a : impertinently bold and impudent
b : amusingly forward and flippant : irrepressible
3 : smart, trim a saucy little hat

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Other Words from saucy

saucily \ ˈsȯ-​sə-​lē How to pronounce saucy (audio) , ˈsa-​ \ adverb
sauciness \ ˈsȯ-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce saucy (audio) , ˈsa-​ \ noun

Examples of saucy in a Sentence

irritated his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments
Recent Examples on the Web On a saucy note, my last column was all about green goddess dressing, and so the recipe focused on creating that sauce. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 In Vienna, Wilder’s most breathless and most excitable journalism centers on the arrival of the Tiller Girls on the train at Vienna’s Westbahnhof—a naughty-but-nice English female dance troupe, known for their saucy high-kicking routines. Peter Bradshaw, The New Republic, 28 May 2021 There’s spicy; and then there’s this saucy signature double-thick burger with jalapenos and onions. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 24 May 2021 Even risk-taker Rihanna showed us just how saucy the granny-chic piece could be by cleverly tying one on top of a sleeveless bodysuit. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 19 May 2021 The certified gluten-free pies are a good option for people who need to avoid gluten and wheat—as well as anyone who appreciates a saucy, cheesy, low-effort way to get a few more veggies in at lunch or dinner. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 18 May 2021 The texture is saucy without being pasty and has the occasional big, satisfying tomato chunk. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 The saucy affair, which just so happened to take place during National Police Week, was very personal to Sussman, who has called Seven Hills home for more than a decade. John Benson, cleveland, 13 May 2021 Everything chrome on the standard Outback is satin black on the Wilderness, and important action points, such as tow-hook anchors and roof-rail tiedowns, are a bright anodized copper, giving the Wilderness a pirate's saucy gold-tooth grin. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 17 May 2021

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First Known Use of saucy

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Saucy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of saucy

somewhat old-fashioned : rude usually in a lively and playful way
: served with a sauce


\ ˈsȯ-sē How to pronounce saucy (audio) \
saucier; sauciest

Kids Definition of saucy

1 : being rude and disrespectful : sassy a saucy manner
2 : stylish in dress or appearance a saucy hat

Other Words from saucy

saucily \ -​ə-​lē \ adverb

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