verb (used without object) Informal.

to glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly: She just sashayed in as if she owned the place.
to chassé in dancing.

Nearby words

  1. sash ribbon,
  2. sash saw,
  3. sash weight,
  4. sash window,
  5. sasha,
  6. sashimi,
  7. sasin,
  8. sasine,
  9. sask.,
  10. saskatchewan

Origin of sashay

1830–40, Americanism; metathetic variant of chassé

Can be confusedsachet sashay Sasha Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sashay


verb (intr) informal

to move, walk, or glide along casually
to move or walk in a showy way; parade

Word Origin for sashay

C19: from an alteration of chassé, a gliding dance step

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Word Origin and History for sashay



1836, mangled Englishing of French chassé "gliding step" (in square dancing), literally "chased," past participle of chasser "to chase," from Old French chacier "to hunt," from Vulgar Latin *captiare (see capable, and cf. chase, catch). Related: Sashayed; sashaying. The noun is attested from 1900.

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