\ 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 The tomatoes break down during cooking and create a kind of saucy side, which begs to be served with any kind of potato recipe to soak up all those juices. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Roast Lamb," 11 Feb. 2021 Connecticut should stick to lobster rolls and leave pizza to New Yorkers — or at least that's what out-of-state critics are saying after Constitution State lawmakers made a saucy claim about proposing pizza as its official state food. Jeanette Settembre, Fox News, "Pizza critics slam Connecticut for trying to become the pie state: 'New York is the pizza capital'," 5 Feb. 2021 The restaurant’s saucy seafood boils can be a little messy, but a whole lot of fun, at its two locations: one in Cleveland’s Gordon Square neighborhood, and a newer spot in South Euclid. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "10 seafood boil restaurants in Greater Cleveland," 26 Jan. 2021 The saucy high-society shenanigans of Bridgerton have taken the internet by storm since Netflix unleashed it on unsuspecting viewers on Christmas Day. Rosie Knight,, "7 Things Bridgerton Gets Spot On About Regency London," 11 Jan. 2021 This 30-minute meal is packed with flavor thanks to a saucy combination of fresh ginger, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Were Our 10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes on Pinterest This Year," 21 Dec. 2020 Wiig is the nurse on stage, who selects Bowen Yang for a saucy duet. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Kristen Wiig returns to host last show of 2020," 20 Dec. 2020 Nothing in the book is saucy by the word's own standards, but by Oval Office standards there are a few pearl-clutching moments. Seija Rankin,, "Barack Obama makes his memoir worth the wait with A Promised Land: Review," 17 Nov. 2020 Simmer for about a minute, just until the liquid becomes saucy. Jonathan Miles, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Venison Dandan Noodles," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of saucy

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Feb 2021

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“Saucy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 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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