- 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 sassing
A Virginia Republican resigned his post for sassing President Obama over Muslims.The GOP's Many Facebook Fiascos
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It must have dropped out of her pocket when she was digging and sassing Mr. Pemberton.The Madigans
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
- 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 sassing
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