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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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  • Instead of being sorry, if they didn't get saucy right away,—at least the boys did.

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • Such a saucy meekness; such a best manner; and such venom in words!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "That's my affair," she returned, flushing, and with a saucy little toss of her pretty head.

    Elsie's New Relations Martha Finley
  • But you know I ever was a saucy creature—ever stood in need of great allowances.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I remember leaving Font Abbey," replied Lucy, with saucy emphasis, and an air of lofty disbelief in the other incident.

British Dictionary definitions for saucy


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

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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