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 sassing

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

Examples from the Web for sassing

Contemporary Examples of sassing

Historical Examples of sassing

  • It must have dropped out of her pocket when she was digging and sassing Mr. Pemberton.

    The Madigans

    Miriam Michelson

  • Harky, who should have been sassing him back, was meekly turning the other cheek.

    The Duck-footed Hound

    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • His wife had been sassing the grocer and the butter-man on the back of her checks.

  • Miss Hattie got sent to bed onct for sassing the thin one that wants special dishes and all her water boiled.

  • Old Epps made himself a mucker to-day by sassing some of the gents of the fleet, and the boys are handing him a little something.

British Dictionary definitions for sassing



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 sassing



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper