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[saw-see] /ˈsɔ si/
adjective, saucier, sauciest.
impertinent; insolent:
a saucy remark; a saucy child.
pert; boldly smart:
a saucy little hat for Easter.
Origin of saucy
1500-10; sauce + -y1
Related forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
oversaucy, adjective
1. rude, impudent, fresh, brazen. 2. jaunty. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for saucily
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  • And they went away, while Allie stood in the door, saucily calling after them to be good boys and not get into mischief.

    In Blue Creek Caon Anna Chapin Ray
  • "I don't care if you are two seniors," returned Rebecca Frayne, saucily.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • And now loud trumpets are saucily blowing the chant to the quick step, echoed by the wood.

  • "I suppose you never even heard our name," said Nora, saucily.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • She came near to me, smiling most saucily, and pursing her lips together as though she meant to kiss me.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • "I should not care if he did," the girl said saucily, as she held up her face.

  • "Oh, Miss Leicester is not going to sing," cried Rose, saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • "No more tears to-night I fancy, eh Isabel," said Emily saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
  • I'll lick you; I'll be damned if I don't,' answered the American, saucily.

  • "Ask no questions——you know the rest" returned Lucy saucily.

    Isabel Leicester Clotilda Jennings
British Dictionary definitions for saucily


adjective saucier, sauciest
pert; jaunty: a saucy hat
Derived Forms
saucily, adverb
sauciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for saucily

1540s; see saucy + -ly (2).



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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