- 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 sasses
The means by which sasses or flood-gates are allowed in fishings on navigable rivers.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
He's the only one of you that sasses back, offers objections, overrules plans.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
An' we wus punished putty bad iffen we complains, sasses or 'fuses ter wuck lak we should.
- 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 sasses
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