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saucier

[saws-yey; French soh-sye] /sɔsˈyeɪ; French soʊˈsyɛ/
noun, plural sauciers
[saws-yeyz; French soh-sye] /sɔsˈyeɪz; French soʊˈsyɛ/ (Show IPA).
French Cookery.
1.
a chef or cook who specializes in making sauces.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < French; see sauce, -ier2

saucy

[saw-see] /ˈsɔ si/
adjective, saucier, sauciest.
1.
impertinent; insolent:
a saucy remark; a saucy child.
2.
pert; boldly smart:
a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin
1500-10; sauce + -y1
Related forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
oversaucy, adjective
Synonyms
1. rude, impudent, fresh, brazen. 2. jaunty.
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British Dictionary definitions for saucier

saucy

/ˈsɔːsɪ/
adjective saucier, sauciest
1.
impertinent
2.
pert; jaunty: a saucy hat
Derived Forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for saucier

saucy

adj.

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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