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verb[no object]North American
1with adverbial of direction Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.‘Louise was sashaying along in a long black satin dress’
swagger, swank, parade, prance, flounce, stride, sweepView synonyms
- ‘No, this international model will not be sashaying down the ramp, but will take up a one-year course in Hindi.’
- ‘They sashay along the red carpet, botox-smooth and silicone-enhanced, so blatantly vain and unabashedly full of themselves, spinning for scores of photographers.’
- ‘They've spun, tangoed, waltzed, rumbaed, salsaed, funked, jazzed, hip-hopped and twirled their little hearts out and now they're sashaying off into the sunset in an hour-long final.’
- ‘So there we were with our slinky little dresses, sashaying across the stage singing religious music and I think it just took the world aback.’
- ‘With that, she sashayed away, throwing me a glance over her shoulder.’
- ‘I stared at her, breath ragged, as she walked to the door, sashaying her hips calmly.’
- ‘Some of them seem to be like our typical male models who while sashaying down the ramp in fashion shows give a demonstration of their well-built bodies.’
- ‘She laughed again, and sashayed off, hips swaying.’
- ‘Drew glanced at the high-heeled, short-skirted girl now sashaying her way up the driveway.’
- ‘Heads turn automatically as she sashays into view.’
- ‘She sashays her way through the weekend with a natural elegance and sense of fun.’
- ‘She looked up at me, and our eyes met for a brief instant, before she walked away, sashaying down the street towards the comedy club.’
- ‘She draped the white fur coat seductively around her shoulders and sashayed into the sitting room.’
- ‘Rivulets of sweat poured down our backs and James called out to us to walk like models sashaying down a ramp.’
- ‘Models sashayed the catwalk in their jeans, textural cable knit sweaters and big fur bags.’
- ‘She evaded his grasp and left without another word, sashaying her hips tauntingly.’
- ‘She normally sat at the opposite end of the room, but had strutted over, sashaying her hips to talk with him.’
- ‘The parade of models sashaying down the runway in the Eldorado Ballroom had local fashion designers earning spirited cheers and rousing applause from the approving crowd.’
- ‘Wind whipping her gauzy skirt against her hips, she sashayed towards him.’
- ‘Stunning in an ivory off-the-shoulder creation, with lace trim and offset by a lengthy train, the blonde dancer sashayed her way down the aisle to the side of her clearly ecstatic husband-to-be.’
2Perform the sashay.
- ‘Ailey had fully experienced the thrill that ripples through a Broadway theater when a line of spiffy dancers sashays in unison towards the edge of the stage.’
- ‘Ann and Sandie worked very hard promoting the event which saw line dancers from all over the province sashaying on the floor most of the night.’
(in American square dancing) a figure in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.
Mid 19th century (as a verb): alteration of chassé.
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