Definition of saucy in English:



  • 1British Sexually suggestive in a light-hearted and humorous way.

    ‘saucy postcards’
    • ‘Thomas and Rogers had hit upon a winning formula which satisfied the peculiar British liking for lavatorial humour, men in drag, and innuendo, in the tradition of music hall and the saucy picture postcard.’
    • ‘There was a germ of a good idea here, but the finished product was a pretty flaccid affair, relying on saucy language and innuendo for its cheap laughs.’
    • ‘The songs Serge Gainsbourg wrote for her are sung with a saucy knowingness.’
    • ‘The sexy actress has splashed out £1000 on an array of saucy goods from the London store.’
    • ‘Windows users were warned today to be on their guard for a new virus that poses as a racy attachment to a saucy email.’
    • ‘He looked like a character from a saucy seaside postcard.’
    • ‘That gleam in his eye when he delivers saucy sexual double entendre is something that can never be experienced in an audio recording alone.’
    • ‘It's sexy, saucy, and will have you on the edge of your seat.’
    • ‘His lyrics are witty and, at times, saucy, but his love songs still top my musical chart.’
    • ‘Whether the subject matter is spooky or saucy, Western or exotic, these action-packed images capture the interest of collectors for a number of reasons.’
    • ‘Orwell was writing, in 1942, about the postcard art of Donald McGill, which expressed saucy ideas about sex, marriage, fat ladies and drunks in its own inimitable form.’
    • ‘The strictly post-watershed voyeuristic peek into saucy student life hits screens at the start of the new college year, with a body of fresh and sexy new faces.’
    • ‘Aiming at 16 to 25-year-olds, the company reckoned that its saucy tube adverts were humorous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also much saucy humour of a kind that would probably not have passed US censors.’
    • ‘During her earliest years in Paris, Hélène worked as a model of sorts, posing for saucy postcards and doing goodness knows what else to survive.’
    • ‘He's shocked to find her dressed provocatively and in a saucy mood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sexy lingerie, which is saucy as only the Brits can be, features whimsical designs like embroidered bows, polka-dots, lace trimming, and side-tie ribbon closures.’
    suggestive, titillating, risqué, rude, bawdy, racy, ribald, spicy
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    1. 1.1 Cheeky or impertinent.
      • ‘While tracking Tony's daughter down, Angela finds herself in fisticuffs with a saucy waitress, and is revealed as a monstrous hypocrite.’
      • ‘Mary, the saucy actress whom Sinclair fancies, has the word for it, one that Jock himself gave her: resilience.’
      • ‘Not only has she been in great demand, but her youthful on-screen tendency to look pained and always on the verge of tears has been replaced by a saucy, aggressive, womanly tone.’
      • ‘A feisty, attractive Hispanic redhead, she is promoted on the network as ‘the hottest judge on television,’ and she flashes much saucy good humor.’
      • ‘Ursula stood cold and erect, her high cheekbones giving her a look of dignity that I'm sure had intimidated many a saucy cook's apprentice.’
      • ‘‘Oh, I'm sorry,’ Kevin said, unable to help a slight saucy grin.’
      • ‘Hugging myself, I silently admitted that I missed her feisty behaviour and saucy manner.’
      • ‘Another John is a saucy southerner who talked about two Americas while surprisingly not referring to secession.’
      • ‘This was a sparkling show, saucy in its depictions perhaps but rarely intentionally cruel.’
      • ‘She gives me a beefy, saucy grin as she hands back my change.’
      • ‘Few seem to mind, except those who think the shop owner is the one being a little saucy.’
      • ‘They are also full of gossipy anecdotes recounted in his saucy and acerbic style.’
      • ‘There are also Antony, the pleasant young English painter who owns the castle, and Costanza, the jolly Italian housekeeper, old but wonderfully spry and saucy.’
      • ‘He made jokes at the teachers and had witty comments that were a little saucy.’
      cheeky, impudent, impertinent, irreverent, forward, insolent, disrespectful, flippant, familiar, presumptuous, audacious, bold, bold as brass, brazen, cocky, out of line, shameless
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  • 2North American Having or expressing a bold, lively, or spirited manner.

    ‘the beret was perched at a saucy angle on her blonde hair’
    • ‘For these people, the stylish, saucy miniature pinscher represents the perfect companion - a big dog in a small package.’
    • ‘The hair was then flat-ironed and flicked up for a saucy flip.’
    • ‘Her wardrobe for the fall-spring season also changed and she adopted a bold, saucy and fashion forward style.’
    • ‘Coming in early 2001 is their new range - brief cases and casual bags flashing a saucy minimalist flair in shapes and handles.’
    jaunty, rakish, sporty, raffish
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Early 16th century (in the sense ‘savoury, flavoured with sauce’): from sauce + -y.