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[saw-see] /ˈsɔ si/
adjective, saucier, sauciest.
impertinent; insolent:
a saucy remark; a saucy child.
pert; boldly smart:
a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin of saucy
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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Examples from the Web for saucily
Historical Examples
  • "I should not care if he did," the girl said saucily, as she held up her face.

  • "No more tears to-night I fancy, eh Isabel," said Emily saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • "Oh, Miss Leicester is not going to sing," cried Rose, saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • "Ask no questions——you know the rest" returned Lucy saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • "Not in the manner you so saucily imply, Miss Greensleeve," he said gaily.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • "The first bright shekel I find in the highway," answered Naomi saucily.

    Christmas Light Ethel Calvert Phillips
  • "I don't care if you are two seniors," returned Rebecca Frayne, saucily.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • "I suppose you never even heard our name," said Nora, saucily.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • Mr. Lenox came and absorbed Lena, whom he was teaching202 to answer him saucily.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • "And if it rains, I'll put up my umbrella," Charlotte called after her, saucily.

British Dictionary definitions for saucily


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

1540s; see saucy + -ly (2).



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.

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