\ 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 Continue to simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally and adding a little more hot broth or water as needed to keep the sauce sumptuously saucy, until the vegetables have completely melted into the sauce, about 1 hour. Washington Post, "I wanted the ultimate Bolognese. Six recipes later, I came up with the best ragu of them all.," 6 Apr. 2021 Adding the broccoli rabe in two stages gives the dish textural interest, as some pieces will be fully tender and almost saucy, while others retain a bit of bite., "Recipes: Pasta dishes that take a break from red sauce," 31 Mar. 2021 Holland plays a nameless character with virtually no discernible character traits, who, near the movie’s beginning, meets and falls in love with a saucy student, Emily (Ciara Bravo), at the college both attend. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "In Cherry, a Troubled Veteran Turns to Drugs and Crime. Everyone—Including the Audience—Suffers," 12 Mar. 2021 But actor Gabrielle Union is here to show that, yes, even a neutral two-piece can indeed be saucy and playful. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gabrielle Union Infuses Some Fun Into a Black Suit," 23 Feb. 2021 Guzzling iced coffee or hot tea, enjoying a glass of red wine, or consuming saucy dishes may have started to do a number on your teeth—or, at the very least, affected the brightness of your smile., "Shoppers Swear By This Snow Teeth Whitening Kit for Brightening Smiles at Home," 25 Feb. 2021 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

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First Known Use of saucy

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Apr 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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