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[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.
Origin of sass2
1855-60, Americanism; back formation from sassy1 Unabridged
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  • It must have dropped out of her pocket when she was digging and sassing Mr. Pemberton.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • Harky, who should have been sassing him back, was meekly turning the other cheek.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • His wife had been sassing the grocer and the butter-man on the back of her checks.

  • Miss Hattie got sent to bed onct for sassing the thin one that wants special dishes and all her water boiled.

    A Romance of Billy-Goat Hill Alice Hegan Rice
  • Old Epps made himself a mucker to-day by sassing some of the gents of the fleet, and the boys are handing him a little something.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "I don't blame you for sassing that skewangled old tywhoopus, sir," admitted the old skipper.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • As Will Dow later remarked about him, he was "an awfully good man to have on your side if there was any sassing to be done."

  • She was regretfully bounced out of three department stores in six days for "sassing" the customers and the aisle-manager.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • "Served the naygur right for sassing a sergeant," was Sergeant McGillicuddy's view.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard

    Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for sassing


insolent or impudent talk or behaviour
verb (intransitive)
to talk or answer back in such a way
Word Origin
C20: back formation from sassy1
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Word Origin and History for sassing



"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 sassing



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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