sass

1
[ sas ]
/ sæs /
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noun Chiefly New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.

stewed fruit; fruit sauce.
fresh vegetables.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. saskatchewan,
  2. saskatchewan party,
  3. saskatchewanian,
  4. saskatoon,
  5. sasquatch,
  6. sassaby,
  7. sassafras,
  8. sassafras oil,
  9. sassafras tea,
  10. sassanian

Origin of sass

1
First recorded in 1765–75; variant of sauce

sass

2
[ sas ]
/ sæs /
Informal.

noun

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

2
1855–60, Americanism; back formation from sassy1

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British Dictionary definitions for sasses

sass

/ (sæs) US and Canadian informal /

noun

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 sasses

sass

n.

"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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