\ˈsȯ-sē, 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 , ˈsa-​ \ adverb
sauciness \ ˈsȯ-​sē-​nəs , ˈsa-​ \ noun

Examples of saucy in a Sentence

irritated his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments

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Arby’s is getting saucy in Brandi Chastain’s honor. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Arby's creates Brandi Chastain portrait out of sauce as response to bad plaque," 23 May 2018 Some bites are saucy with that milky, liquified mild cheddar; others reward you with pungent pockets of semi-solid extra-sharp. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit, ""The Cheese Thing" Is Very Much a Thing, and Our Editor in Chief Is Obsessed with It," 23 Apr. 2018 But the lyrics are saucier and the content racier, with some double entendre tossed in there. Leila Cobo, Billboard, "Watch Enrique Iglesias' Sexy, Steamy New Video for 'El Baño,' Feat. Bad Bunny," 12 Jan. 2018 Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until saucy and juices are thickened, 6–8 minutes. Bon Appetit, "Charred Tomato Salsa," 28 May 2018 Mesquite honey chicken tacos ($12 for three) with fruit compote and chevre stick their toes over the line of being too saucy and sweet, but only just barely. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 Spears hit the stage in a series of sparkly and saucy ensembles and beamed away at the crowd, who could not get enough of the pop star. Dave Quinn,, "Britney Spears 'Excited to be Back' as She Kicks Off Piece of Me Tour in Maryland," 13 July 2018 Benefits to marrying Prince Harry: tiaras; palaces; Harry’s saucy lower-lip bites. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Does Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Miss Suits?," 12 July 2018 Big pieces of saucy peaches, hit with a wee bit of cinnamon and other spices, get covered — top and bottom — with the delicious crust. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise Pie Co. shows its Southern roots, bakes up delicious desserts," 12 July 2018

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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

: rude usually in a lively and playful way

: served with a sauce


\ˈsȯ-sē \
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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