noun Chiefly New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.

stewed fruit; fruit sauce.
fresh vegetables.

Origin of sass

First recorded in 1765–75; variant of sauce




impudent or disrespectful back talk: Both parents refuse to take any sass from their kids.

verb (used with object)

to answer back in an impudent manner: Don't sass your mother.

Origin of sass

1855–60, Americanism; back formation from sassy1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sass

cheek, retort, guff, mouth, answer, lip, sauce

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British Dictionary definitions for sass



insolent or impudent talk or behaviour

verb (intr)

to talk or answer back in such a way

Word Origin for sass

C20: back formation from sassy 1
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Word Origin and History for sass

"impudence," 1835, back-formation from sassy. The verb is first recorded 1856, from the noun. Related: Sassed; sassing. Sass (n.) as a variant of sauce is attested from 1775.

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