saucy

adjective

ˈsȯ-sē How to pronounce saucy (audio)
ˈsa-
saucier; sauciest
1
: served with or having the consistency of sauce
2
a
: impertinently bold and impudent
b
: amusingly forward and flippant : irrepressible
3
: smart, trim
a saucy little hat
saucily adverb
sauciness noun

Examples of saucy in a Sentence

irritated his fellow travelers with saucy questions and comments
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Word History

First Known Use

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of saucy was in 1508

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“Saucy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saucy. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

saucy

adjective
saucier; sauciest
1
: marked by bold rudeness or disrespect : impudent
a saucy child
a saucy answer
2
: smart entry 2 sense 6a, trim
a saucy little hat
saucily adverb
sauciness noun

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