sassy

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[sas-ee]
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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

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1830–1835, Americanism; alteration of saucy
Related formssas·si·ness, nounsas·si·ly, adverb

sassy

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[sas-ee]

Origin of sassy

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First recorded in 1855–60; of uncertain origin
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sassy

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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

sassy

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sasswood (ˈsæsˌwʊd) or sassy wood

noun
  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 sassy
adj.

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

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