Etymology
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sashay (v.)

1836, "perform a gliding step in dancing," a mangled Englishing of French chassé "gliding step" (in ballet), literally "chased," past participle of chasser "to chase," from Old French chacier "to hunt" (see chase (v.)).  Also compare catch, and for spelling see sash (n.2). Hence "to perform a casual walk or glide; move diagonally or irregularly," and "walk ostentatiously or provocatively." Related: Sashayed; sashaying. As a noun, "a venture, excursion," by 1900; as the name of a square-dancing step by 1940.

updated on July 02, 2022

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Definitions of sashay from WordNet
1
sashay (v.)
move sideways;
Synonyms: sidle
sashay (v.)
to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others;
Synonyms: tittup / swagger / ruffle / prance / strut / cock
sashay (v.)
perform a chasse step, in ballet;
Synonyms: chasse
2
sashay (n.)
a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps;
sashay (n.)
(ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading;
Synonyms: chasse
sashay (n.)
a journey taken for pleasure;
after cautious sashays into the field
Synonyms: excursion / jaunt / outing / junket / pleasure trip / expedition
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