- impertinent; insolent: a saucy remark; a saucy child.
- pert; boldly smart: a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin of saucy
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Examples from the Web for saucy
The animated video clip accompanying the leak of “Gentleman” hints that some saucy booty shaking will be involved.‘Gentleman’: Is ‘Psy’s ‘Gangnam’ Follow-Up Any Good?
April 11, 2013
The saucy and self-possessed singer had kicked her cocaine drug habit and hired a new manager, Lupe De Leon.Etta James’s Son Donto Says Addiction Was Part of Famed Singer’s Life
November 15, 2012
The now-former CIA director and his alleged mistress, Paula Broadwell, often wrote each other saucy email messages.Rules David Petraeus Broke: Seven Tips for a Top-Secret Affair
November 13, 2012
The woman is a force of nature: tough, spirited, saucy, straight-talking, fierce.Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech: What She Needs to Do
September 4, 2012
TMZ, which originally acquired the saucy snaps, says today in a blog entry that, "Harry's people dropped the ball.""Harry's Security Team Acted Like A Bunch of Amateurs"
August 23, 2012
Such a saucy meekness; such a best manner; and such venom in words!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Primrose is now almost a young lady, and, Eustace tells me, is just as saucy as ever.Tanglewood Tales
I wonder not at Lovelace's saucy answer, saucy as it really is.
But you know I ever was a saucy creature—ever stood in need of great allowances.
"Not if they wait till I pass 'em," answered Tip in his prompt, saucy way.
- pert; jauntya saucy hat
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.