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

Examples of saucy in a Sentence

irritated his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments

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Cook until the tomatoes are lightly broken down and saucy, about 5 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Swipe right on spicy shrimp saganaki," 28 Aug. 2019 Sweet honey, apple and a touch of cinnamon bring major fall vibes to this cozy, saucy dish. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Go thigh high with 8 weeknight-friendly chicken dinners," 12 Sep. 2019 During an opening preview, there were tacos filled with saucy birria and others laced with crispy cheese, huitlacoche (corn smut) and mushrooms ($13 for three). Janelle Bitker,, "Nido’s Backyard opens with mezcal, Tequila and Mexican fare in Oakland," 10 Sep. 2019 That smoky, saucy haul amounts to about 800 pork butts and 600 slabs of brisket. Chris Brodeur,, "From attendance and peanut servings to call-ups and BBQ, here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Yard Goats’ 2019 season," 30 Aug. 2019 The paper didn't care for balanced reporting: This was advocacy journalism, with a strong dose of saucy celebrity gossip. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 Tortas are large and fluffy; the one stuffed with pierna adobada — chunks of pork marinated in a saucy chipotle rub — is the best. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Casa Diaz in Mira Loma, feast on Guadalajara specialties like tacos ahogados," 15 Aug. 2019 Seasonal Recipes An eggy custard of corn, heavy cream, sour cream, grated Gouda, cornmeal, and scallions turns into a savory side that pairs well with grilled fish, boiled lobster, or saucy barbecue. Karoline Boehm Goodnick,, "Recipe: An eggy batter with native corn, cream, and cornmeal turns into a savory summer custard," 13 Aug. 2019 Mere hours later, all-crust opponents were flooding social media with their saucy takes on the unconventional order. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "This Photo of an 'All-Crust' Pizza Has Made a Lot of People Very Saucy," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of saucy

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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