- impertinent; insolent: a saucy remark; a saucy child.
- pert; boldly smart: a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin of saucy
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Examples from the Web for saucily
Historical Examples of saucily
"I should not care if he did," the girl said saucily, as she held up her face.Under Wellington's Command
G. A. Henty
"Oh, Miss Leicester is not going to sing," cried Rose, saucily.
"No more tears to-night I fancy, eh Isabel," said Emily saucily.
"Ask no questions——you know the rest" returned Lucy saucily.
"Not in the manner you so saucily imply, Miss Greensleeve," he said gaily.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
- pert; jauntya saucy hat
Word Origin and History for saucily
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.