Definition of saucy in English:

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saucy

Pronunciation: /ˈsôsē/

adjective (saucier, sauciest)

informal
1Impudent; flippant: a saucy remark
More 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.
Synonyms
cheeky, impudent, impertinent, irreverent, forward, disrespectful, bold, as bold as brass, brazen, pert
informal fresh, lippy, mouthy, sassy
2chiefly North American Bold and lively; smart-looking: a hat with a saucy brim
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
jaunty, rakish, sporty, raffish
3Sexually suggestive, typically in a way intended to be lighthearted: saucy songs
More example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

saucily

Pronunciation: /ˈsôsəlē/
adverb
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.

sauciness

Pronunciation: /ˈsôsēnəs/
noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with saucy

gorsy, horsey

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sau·cy

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