sassy

sassy

1 [sas-ee]
adjective, sassier, sassiest. Informal.
1.
impertinent; insolent; saucy: a sassy reply; a sassy teen.
2.
pert; boldly smart; saucy: a sassy red handbag.

Origin:
1830–1835, Americanism; alteration of saucy

sassiness, noun
sassily, adverb
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sassy

2 [sas-ee]
noun

Origin:
1855–60; of uncertain origin

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sassy1 (ˈsæsɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
informal (US) insolent, impertinent
 
[C19: variant of saucy]
 
'sassily1
 
adv
 
'sassiness1
 
n

sassy, sasswood or sassy wood2 (ˈsæsɪ, ˈsæsˌwʊd)
 
n
1.  a W African leguminous tree, Erythrophleum guineense, with poisonous bark (sassy bark) and hard strong wood
2.  the bark or wood of this tree or the alkaloid derived from them, which is sometimes used in medicine
 
[C19: probably from a language of the Kwa family: compare Twi sese plane tree, Ewe sesewu a kind of timber tree]
 
sasswood, sasswood or sassy wood2
 
n
 
[C19: probably from a language of the Kwa family: compare Twi sese plane tree, Ewe sesewu a kind of timber tree]
 
sassy wood, sasswood or sassy wood2
 
n
 
[C19: probably from a language of the Kwa family: compare Twi sese plane tree, Ewe sesewu a kind of timber tree]

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sassy
1833, Amer.Eng., alteration of saucy (see sauce). Back-formation sass "impudence" is first attested 1835; the verb is first recorded 1856.
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