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Definition of "sassy" [sassy]

  • Rude and disrespectful; impudent. (adjective)
  • Lively and spirited; jaunty. (adjective)
  • Stylish; chic: a sassy little hat. (adjective)
  • A western African tree (Erythrophleum suaveolens) of the pea family, having bark that yields a poison and wood that is used for construction. Also called sasswood, sassy bark. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sassy" in a sentence
  • "Elizabeth Leiknes is the author of "The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns," a novel she describes as sassy women's fiction."
  • "As noted in Angela W's review, the store manager is a little "sassy" - not outright rude, but"
  • "Not to be "sassy" - but I should probably throw in "duh"."