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  1. impudent or disrespectful back talk: Both parents refuse to take any sass from their kids.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for sassed


  1. insolent or impudent talk or behaviour
verb (intr)
  1. to talk or answer back in such a way

Word Origin

C20: back formation from sassy 1
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Word Origin and History for sassed



"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.

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