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adjective, sas·si·er, sas·si·est. Informal.
  1. impertinent; insolent; saucy: a sassy reply; a sassy teen.
  2. pert; boldly smart; saucy: a sassy red handbag.

Origin of sassy

1830–1835, Americanism; alteration of saucy
Related formssas·si·ness, nounsas·si·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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adjective -sier or -siest
  1. US informal insolent, impertinent
Derived Formssassily, adverbsassiness, noun

Word Origin for sassy

C19: variant of saucy



sasswood (ˈsæsˌwʊd) or sassy wood

  1. a W African leguminous tree, Erythrophleum guineense, with poisonous bark (sassy bark) and hard strong wood
  2. the bark or wood of this tree or the alkaloid derived from them, which is sometimes used in medicine

Word Origin for sassy

C19: probably from a language of the Kwa family: compare Twi sese plane tree, Ewe sesewu a kind of timber tree
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Word Origin and History for sassily



1833, American English, alteration of saucy. Related: Sassily; sassiness.

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