Definition of sashay in English:


Syllabification: sa·shay
Pronunciation: /saˈSHā


[no object] informal , chiefly North American
  • 1 [with adverbial of direction] Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders: Louise was sashaying along in a long black satin dress
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    • She normally sat at the opposite end of the room, but had strutted over, sashaying her hips to talk with him.
    • I stared at her, breath ragged, as she walked to the door, sashaying her hips calmly.
    • Rivulets of sweat poured down our backs and James called out to us to walk like models sashaying down a ramp.
  • 2Perform the sashay.
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    • Ailey had fully experienced the thrill that ripples through a Broadway theater when a line of spiffy dancers sashays in unison towards the edge of the stage.
    • Ann and Sandie worked very hard promoting the event which saw line dancers from all over the province sashaying on the floor most of the night.


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  • (In American square dancing) a figure in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.


mid 19th century (as a verb): alteration of chassé.

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