\ 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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Not only will the flavors mingle together better, the salt will draw out the moisture from the tomatoes, taking it from chopped slaw to a seasoned, perfectly saucy situation. Rochelle Bilow, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Fresh, Homemade Salsa & Common Mistakes to Avoid," 22 May 2018 The next step after slipping on a saucy, floral dress by Johanna Ortiz? Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Johanna Ortiz, Aerin Lauder, and Net-a-Porter Celebrate Their Lipstick Launch in the Chicest Possible Way," 8 Nov. 2018 Add coconut puree and enough water to form a saucy gravy, stirring to combine. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 But much like the dowdy cardigan gone wild, the tame pencil skirt has a saucy side, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Why a Saucy Pencil Skirt Is This Fall’s Staple," 21 Sep. 2018 Etsy One of the marvels of the modern day gift market is the way that its journals, magnets, and coffee mugs swing wildly between smiling beneficence and saucy declarations of misanthropy. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "We buy each other gifts with misanthropic slogans to forge a common bond," 9 Nov. 2018 Like Fleabag, Waller-Bridge is congenitally disposed toward saucy innuendo. David Kamp, WSJ, "Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a Powerhouse on the Rise," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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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