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[sas] /sæs/
noun, Chiefly New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.
stewed fruit; fruit sauce.
fresh vegetables.
Origin of sass1
First recorded in 1765-75; variant of sauce


[sas] /sæs/ Informal.
impudent or disrespectful back talk:
Both parents refuse to take any sass from their kids.
verb (used with object)
to answer back in an impudent manner:
Don't sass your mother.
1855-60, Americanism; back formation from sassy1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Thereupon a young sprig, from the East, blustered like a Shanghai rooster, and began to sass the conductor with his chin music.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • 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.

  • Dish, and serve up with lots of sass, as the cookery books say.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
British Dictionary definitions for sass


insolent or impudent talk or behaviour
verb (intransitive)
to talk or answer back in such a way
Word Origin
C20: back formation from sassy1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sass

"impudence," 1835, back-formation from sassy. The verb is first recorded 1856, from the noun. Related: Sassed; sassing. Sass (n.) as a variant of sauce is attested from 1775.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sass



Impudence; impertinent back talk: if this reporter was going to give her any sass (1835+)


: He kept sassing his mama till she decked him

[fr sauce, ''rude and impudent language or action'']

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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