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[sa-shey] /sæˈʃeɪ/
verb (used without object), Informal.
to glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly:
She just sashayed in as if she owned the place.
to chassé in dancing.
Origin of sashay
1830-40, Americanism; metathetic variant of chassé
Can be confused
sachet, sashay, Sasha. Unabridged
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verb (intransitive) (informal)
to move, walk, or glide along casually
to move or walk in a showy way; parade
Word Origin
C19: from an alteration of chassé, a gliding dance step
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Word Origin and History for sashay

1836, mangled Englishing of French chassé "gliding step" (in square dancing), literally "chased," past participle of chasser "to chase," from Old French chacier "to hunt," from Vulgar Latin *captiare (see capable, and cf. chase, catch). Related: Sashayed; sashaying. The noun is attested from 1900.

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To go; walk; flounce: after a great deal of extravagantly publicized sashaying about

[1836+; fr the square-dance gait, fr French chasser, ''chase'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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