adjective, sau·ci·er, sau·ci·est.
Origin of saucy
Examples from the Web for saucily
I laughed, and went to play most saucily, whatever they did to me.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
"Not much, if I know the sentiments of that lady," replied Kate saucily.Tales of the Argonauts|Bret Harte
"Machiavelli was a poor creature, when compared with you," says Miss Peyton, saucily.Faith and Unfaith|Duchess
"As Mr. Parmlee does not come to us through the store, and don't talk trade to me, we don't know," responded Phemie saucily.A First Family of Tasajara|Bret Harte
The softest of breezes coming across the river, over the thick hedge, saucily blew a stray petal straight into the child's face.Little Sister Snow|Frances Little
adjective saucier or sauciest
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.