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[sey-dee] /ˈseɪ di/
a female given name, form of Sara or Sarah.

Sadie Hawkins

Also called Sadie, Sadies. a party, dance, or other social event, especially one held annually among high school or college students, to which each girl escorts the boy of her choice, or invites him to escort her.
a day (Sadie Hawkins Day) or night, often in November, when such an event or events are held.
Origin of Sadie Hawkins
1939, Americanism; after the race held on Sadie Hawkins Day (in the cartoon strip Li'l Abner by Al Capp), in which single women pursued bachelors Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Had sadies brothers been stopping with some other neighbor, would Mr. Steele have delayed letting the runaway girl go to see them?

  • The other girls and boys, beside the members of the Steele family, were anxious now to show their approval of sadies brave deed.

Contemporary definitions for sadies

a homely cartoon character of Li'l Abner who grew tired of waiting for men to court her and whose father designated a day in November when women could propose marriage or dating to men's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for sadies


fem. proper name, a familiar form of Sarah. Sadie Hawkins Day (1939) is from name of a character in U.S. newspaper cartoon strip "Li'l Abner," by Al Capp (1909-1979); in reference to a day in early November in which women take the lead in romantic matters.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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