Definition of saucy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːsi/

adjective (saucier, sauciest)

1chiefly British Sexually suggestive in a light-hearted and humorous way: saucy postcards
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  • Some Old Etonians have even claimed that they could identify him as one of their own from his writings, a hard case to credit unless Eton was stuffed with budding critics of saucy postcards and analysts of dirigiste economics.
  • If, however, you like your comedy no more postmodern than a saucy seaside postcard, read on.
  • Donald McGill was a British institution whose saucy postcards became an integral part of the British seaside holiday, and at the height of his popularity were selling up to 16 million copies a year.
informal raunchy, smutty
British informal fruity
North American informal gamy
1.1Cheeky or impertinent.
Example sentences
  • Another John is a saucy southerner who talked about two Americas while surprisingly not referring to secession.
  • Few seem to mind, except those who think the shop owner is the one being a little saucy.
  • ‘Oh, I'm sorry,’ Kevin said, unable to help a slight saucy grin.
2chiefly North American Having or expressing a bold, lively, or spirited manner: the beret was perched at a saucy angle on her blonde hair
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  • Her wardrobe for the fall-spring season also changed and she adopted a bold, saucy and fashion forward style.
  • The hair was then flat-ironed and flicked up for a saucy flip.
  • For these people, the stylish, saucy miniature pinscher represents the perfect companion - a big dog in a small package.
jaunty, rakish, sporty, raffish;
pert, perky, stylish, dashing, dapper
informal natty, snazzy, snappy
North American informal spiffy, sassy
dated gay



Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːsɪli/
Example sentences
  • He moved through the crowd schmoozing and smiling, surrounded by an arc of secret service, his suit jacket tossed saucily over his shoulder.
  • She is simply adorable in her bustle gowns and ringlets, all prim modesty one moment, saucily displaying her ankles the next.
  • Sonia grinned saucily at the men, enjoying their shock.


Pronunciation: /ˈsɔːsɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • I can make a man blush by saying something sincere, with a dollop of sauciness thrown in.
  • Despite her self-possession, Ali, 35, does not always radiate calm sauciness.
  • The traditional home of the dirty weekend has acquired a few stylish new hotels of late, but for sheer sauciness, none of them can match this one.


Early 16th century (in the sense 'savoury, flavoured with sauce'): from sauce + -y1.

Words that rhyme with saucy

gorsy, horsey

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