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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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  • Such a saucy meekness; such a best manner; and such venom in words!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Primrose is now almost a young lady, and, Eustace tells me, is just as saucy as ever.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I wonder not at Lovelace's saucy answer, saucy as it really is.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But you know I ever was a saucy creature—ever stood in need of great allowances.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "Not if they wait till I pass 'em," answered Tip in his prompt, saucy way.

British Dictionary definitions for saucy


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

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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