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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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  • Then you sashayed up and asked her to dance every dance with you.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • They balanced and "sashayed" from the tropics to the arctic circle.

    The Ruling Passion Henry van Dyke
  • We sashayed into the kitchen an' theah, jus' sittin' easylike an' waitin' right on the table, was two or three pies!

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • Plump mothers took part in the quaint old fashioned figures, and swung and balanced and "sashayed" in a gale of fun.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly

    Hamlin Garland
  • When she see Jinnie she jist made strides for the wood-shed, and old Jinnie sashayed arter her.

  • So they sashayed off together t'wards the nighest grocery arm in arm.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Ye remember how he sashayed round newspaper offices in 'Frisco until he could write a flapdoodle story himself?

British Dictionary definitions for sashayed


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 sashayed



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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Slang definitions & phrases for sashayed



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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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