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

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adjective saucier or sauciest

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

1540s, from saucy + -ness.



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.

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