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saucy (adj.)

c. 1500, "resembling sauce" (a sense now obsolete), later, of persons, words, etc., "impertinent in speech or conduct, flippantly bold, cheeky" (1520s), from sauce (n.) + -y (2). The connecting notion is sauce in the figurative sense of "that which adds intensity, piquancy in words or actions."

Compare Skelton's have eaten sauce for "be abusive." Also compare sauce malapert "impertinence" (1520s), and sauce (n.) in its obsolete use as a vocative for "impudent person" (1530s).  In Shakespeare, with overtones of "wanton, lascivious," it was "a term of serious condemnation" [OED]. Also compare salty in similar senses.

updated on January 03, 2022

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Definitions of saucy from WordNet

saucy (adj.)
characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality;
Synonyms: impertinent / irreverent / pert
saucy (adj.)
improperly forward or bold;
Synonyms: fresh / impertinent / impudent / overbold / smart / sassy / wise
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