[saws-yey; French soh-sye]

noun, plural sau·ciers [saws-yeyz; French soh-sye] /sɔsˈyeɪz; French soʊˈsyɛ/. French Cookery.

a chef or cook who specializes in making sauces.

Origin of saucier

From French, dating back to 1960–65; see origin at sauce, -ier2



adjective, sau·ci·er, sau·ci·est.

impertinent; insolent: a saucy remark; a saucy child.
pert; boldly smart: a saucy little hat for Easter.

Origin of saucy

First recorded in 1500–10; sauce + -y1
Related formssau·ci·ly, adverbsau·ci·ness, nouno·ver·sau·cy, adjective

Synonyms for saucy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saucier

Contemporary Examples of saucier

Historical Examples of saucier

  • Our young lady returned to us saucier and more passionate, and haughtier than ever.

    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

  • Madame Saucier uttered a shriek as a great swell rolled the boat.

    Old Kaskaskia

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • "I would gladly put her out," said Captain Saucier anxiously.

    Old Kaskaskia

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • Captain Saucier thought he could, and he saw it would have to be done quickly.

    Old Kaskaskia

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • A puff of gray wind come down; a saucier gust went by; and then a swirl of galish wind jumped over the pans.

British Dictionary definitions for saucier


adjective saucier or sauciest

pert; jauntya saucy hat
Derived Formssaucily, adverbsauciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for saucier



c.1500, "resembling sauce," later "impertinent, flippantly bold, cheeky" (1520s), from sauce (n.) + -y (2). The connecting notion is the figurative sense of "piquancy in words or actions." Cf. sauce malapert "impertinence" (1520s), and slang phrase to have eaten sauce "be abusive" (1520s). Also cf. salty in same senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper