- stewed fruit; fruit sauce.
- fresh vegetables.
Origin of sass1
First recorded in 1765–75; variant of sauce
- impudent or disrespectful back talk: Both parents refuse to take any sass from their kids.
- to answer back in an impudent manner: Don't sass your mother.
Origin of sass2
1855–60, Americanism; back formation from sassy1
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Examples from the Web for sass
Zach Galifianakis invited the president to chat on his Internet talk show “Between Two Ferns,” and boy, did Obama sass Zach back.Obama ‘Between Two Ferns,’ Kevin Bacon, Baby Tigers and More Viral Videos
March 15, 2014
Cleanses can also serve as a fresh start and a transition into a long-term, health way of eating, says Sass.Is Your Juice Cleanse Doing More Harm Than Good?
February 11, 2014
The ladies brought their A game with smarts, female sensibility, and sass showing in spades.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates
October 24, 2012
Every woman on the planet has sass and smart-ass qualities in them, but it seems sometimes only black women are defined by it.‘Community’: Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs & Megan Ganz Roundtable
February 28, 2012
A delightful balance of sentiment and sass hit all the right notes with the audience.Women Who Rule the Stage: Theater Goddesses Honored at Second Annual Lilly Awards
June 9, 2011
I haven't anything to do with you, but I sha'n't let you sass me.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
He's handy to lay the blame on for things, and he doesn't dare to 'sass' back.Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants
H. Irving Hancock
“I knew it would be so,” observed old Sass, addressing Loraine.The Frontier Fort
W. H. G. Kingston
Pa will shoot him again when they meet, if he gives Pa any sass.The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy
George W. Peck
You ought never to "sass" old people unless they "sass" you first.The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories
- insolent or impudent talk or behaviour
- to talk or answer back in such a way
C20: back formation from sassy 1
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Word Origin and History for sass
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