\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web In a particularly saucy moment, Julian Castro, who was a Housing secretary under Mr. Obama, said Mr. Biden is failing to uphold the former president's legacy because his health care plan isn't ambitious enough. WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Debate, Round Three -- Live Analysis," 13 Sep. 2019 There is a notion that chutneys are always wet, saucy preparations, but in India there are also dry chutneys that do not involve the addition of water. Nik Sharma,, "A Brown Kitchen: Recipe for Batata Vadas With Dry Garlic Coconut Chutney," 4 Mar. 2020 This Cupid’s saucy moment in the spotlight led off the Inca soiree, and for his hale and hearty efforts he was rewarded with raucous applause and showers of doubloons. al, "Masked Observer all-in with Incas and Butterfly Maidens," 21 Feb. 2020 What’s new this time around is that Bianco is letting a little bit more of that meaty, red-saucy New World sneak into the frame. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new restaurants to try in metro Phoenix for dumplings, pizza and French-inspired cuisine," 7 Feb. 2020 After all, the study only examined one of their many calls, some of which include some saucy posturing, wing spreading and antagonistic pecks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jackass Penguin Calls Follow Similar Rules to Human Speech," 7 Feb. 2020 His brilliant comedy mind was, by turns, smart, silly, surreal, slapsticky, sarcastic, saucy, sly, satirical, screwy and subversive — all, of course, served up with generous portions of Spam. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Terry Jones brought many gifts, including Spam, to the Monty Python lunacy machine," 25 Jan. 2020 Think of paccheri as the big brother to rigatoni that will catch and be draped in so much saucy goodness. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "45 Summer Pastas Full of Tomatoes, Pesto, Herbs and More," 3 May 2018 Give the right amount of time and attention, celery braises until silky, in a saucy side dish that magically mimics the richness of roasted turkey jus. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Celery: Behold the heart of Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of saucy

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Mar 2020

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“Saucy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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