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[saws-yey; French soh-sye] /sɔsˈyeɪ; French soʊˈsyɛ/
noun, plural sauciers
[saws-yeyz; French soh-sye] /sɔsˈyeɪz; French soʊˈsyɛ/ (Show IPA).
French Cookery.
a chef or cook who specializes in making sauces.
Origin of saucier
From French, dating back to 1960-65; See origin at sauce, -ier2


[saw-see] /ˈsɔ si/
adjective, saucier, sauciest.
impertinent; insolent:
a saucy remark; a saucy child.
pert; boldly smart:
a saucy little hat for Easter.
First recorded in 1500-10; sauce + -y1
Related forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
oversaucy, adjective
1. rude, impudent, fresh, brazen. 2. jaunty. Unabridged
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  • Our young lady returned to us saucier and more passionate, and haughtier than ever.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • Madame saucier uttered a shriek as a great swell rolled the boat.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Captain saucier thought he could, and he saw it would have to be done quickly.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • "I would gladly put her out," said Captain saucier anxiously.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • A puff of gray wind come down; a saucier gust went by; and then a swirl of galish wind jumped over the pans.

    Harbor Tales Down North

    Norman Duncan
  • Angélique was playing for her great-grand-aunt Angélique, the despot of the saucier family.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Captain saucier pulled the trembling creatures in, standing waist-deep at the foot of the steps.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Captain saucier extended his hands to lift her, but she lay down again, holding the whip bolt upright.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for saucier


adjective saucier, sauciest
pert; jaunty: a saucy hat
Derived Forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for saucier



c.1500, "resembling sauce," later "impertinent, flippantly bold, cheeky" (1520s), from sauce (n.) + -y (2). The connecting notion is the figurative sense of "piquancy in words or actions." Cf. sauce malapert "impertinence" (1520s), and slang phrase to have eaten sauce "be abusive" (1520s). Also cf. salty in same senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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