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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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  • "Glad to get rid of you," Miss Kinney assured him promptly, but with a bright smile that neutralized the effect of her sauciness.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • And there was a lightness, a sauciness, in her manner that had not showed on her previous visit.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • I would not for the world let him guess it, so there is nothing for it but sauciness to cover one's weakness.

    The Heir of Redclyffe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Not the sauciness of it, but the undercurrent of kindliness.

    Portia Duchess
  • If Max resented her sauciness, she ran away from him with the full knowledge that he would miss her.

  • Pet′ulance, Pet′ulancy, sauciness: peevishness or impatience.

  • Come, then, and shake hands; we'll fine him for's sauciness, and his ransom shall be half a dozen at mine host Welcome's.

  • But, except for this sauciness, Cassel is a demure and pleasant place.

  • You have looks and you have brains and I have a hunch through all that Emerald Isle sauciness you have a heart too.

    A Place in the Sun C.H. Thames
British Dictionary definitions for sauciness


adjective saucier, sauciest
pert; jaunty: a saucy hat
Derived Forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sauciness

1540s, from saucy + -ness.



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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