- impertinent; insolent: a saucy remark; a saucy child.
- pert; boldly smart: a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin of saucy
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Related Wordsnerve, crust, defiance, discourtesy, gall, temerity, spunk, chutzpah, overconfidence, guts, familiarity, presumptuousness, assumption, assurance, boldness, impertinence, incivility, brazenness, forwardness, disrespect
Examples from the Web for sauciness
She even plucked bon mots out of the air, charming the men in dark suits with her sauciness.Brooke Astor's $60 Million Signature
Ralph Gardner, Jr.
June 18, 2009
All sauciness and slang, like the soliloquy of a Cheap Jack.
And there was a lightness, a sauciness, in her manner that had not showed on her previous visit.To Him That Hath
Not the sauciness of it, but the undercurrent of kindliness.Portia
Pet′ulance, Pet′ulancy, sauciness: peevishness or impatience.
But, except for this sauciness, Cassel is a demure and pleasant place.Leaves from a Field Note-Book
J. H. Morgan
- pert; jauntya saucy hat
Word Origin and History for sauciness
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.