[ sas-ee ]
/ ˈsæs i /

adjective, sas·si·er, sas·si·est. Informal.

impertinent; insolent; saucy: a sassy reply; a sassy teen.
pert; boldly smart; saucy: a sassy red handbag.


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Origin of sassy

1830–1835, Americanism; alteration of saucy


sas·si·ness, nounsas·si·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for sassiness (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsæsɪ) /

adjective -sier or -siest

US informal insolent, impertinent

Derived forms of sassy

sassily, adverbsassiness, noun

Word Origin for sassy

C19: variant of saucy

British Dictionary definitions for sassiness (2 of 2)


sasswood (ˈsæsˌwʊd) or sassy wood

/ (ˈsæsɪ) /


a W African leguminous tree, Erythrophleum guineense, with poisonous bark (sassy bark) and hard strong wood
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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