Definition of sass in English:



North american
  • Impudence; cheek.

    ‘the kind of boy that wouldn't give you any sass’
    • ‘The perfect package of sleek soul and street sass, she shifted a remarkable 12 million records.’
    • ‘You've got sass, style, and a ‘I don't care about nothing’ type attitude.’
    • ‘Delivered with that kind of sass, some audiences might find these plays hard to take.’
    • ‘Ruth is a pretty funny lady, but her sass and verve seem to be overplayed and pretty much misused here.’
    • ‘I couldn't recognise the yearner of the poems in this woman of sass and spirit.’
    • ‘This is blues rock cranked up to 70's stadium level, full of sass and attitude.’
    • ‘In New York, Milan and Paris, designers continued to embrace the polished and sophisticated glamour of last fall, adding a bit of playfulness, a hint of sass and a whole lot of color.’
    • ‘I also got a little bit of sass over the use of plywood.’
    • ‘Any child that projects sass or any attitude walks home empty handed!’
    • ‘A well-cut skirt that moves around the knee adds just the right amount of sass to a conservative hemline.’
    • ‘Using her intelligence, sass and humour she's become living proof that the size of your bottom doesn't dictate your chances of success in life.’
    • ‘The movie is in dire need of some sass, not to mention a drop or two of genuine emotion.’
    • ‘The intensity of the vocals gradually build, the tremolo becomes more wild, and when the orchestra begins to hit on the bridge she comes out street-smart and full of sass.’
    • ‘I don't need any more of your insubordination, young man, and I certainly don't need your sass.’
    • ‘The Americans kept taking sass from the British and didn't object because they were real weenies back then.’
    • ‘But Lauren Kennedy, though she sings agreeably, is too ordinary as Nellie: a woman who is prepared to overcome her Arkansas origins to marry a French planter needs a bit of sass.’
    • ‘Sure, the track picks up a new tone: sass and swagger, winking and wiggling.’
    • ‘The ranger could take only so much sass from a man.’
    • ‘She immediately slaps Rafferty and doesn't take his sass.’
    • ‘One of the first things we learn from listening to these characters is that they may be poor, struggling, and practically desperate, but by golly, they have sass.’
    impertinence, impudence, cheek, cheekiness, bad manners, ill-manneredness, unmannerliness, rudeness, impoliteness, incivility, lack of civility, discourtesy, discourteousness, disrespect, insubordination, contempt
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[WITH OBJECT]North american
  • Be cheeky or rude to (someone)

    ‘we wouldn't have dreamed of sassing our parents’
    • ‘Don't sass your boyfriend, Lil, that's the best way to lose him!’
    • ‘Scout insisted that she'd asked Atticus, and she got in trouble for sassing her aunt.’
    • ‘He lies, steals cars, runs off in the middle of the night and sasses his elders; he could use a swift kick in the rear.’
    • ‘Just remember women, stay safe, and don't sass your busy men!’
    • ‘She agrees to smuggle Lukas into occupied Turkish territory so he can see his hometown again, but he keeps almost getting them killed by sassing every Turk in sight.’
    • ‘‘And don't you start sassing your mother, either,’ her father added.’
    • ‘What I do know is that Bridges was trouble on the set from day one, repeatedly sassing directors, crew members, and even fellow cast members.’
    • ‘I couldn't make out what exactly it was about - it sounded like the girl had sassed a Port Authority cop or something.’
    • ‘And the boys would get rowdy, running around and sassing us.’
    • ‘They didn't know how often Ray called him names or hit or sassed him.’
    • ‘‘Don't you sass me, young lady,’ she said sternly, and I apologized.’
    • ‘Why did she presume I was sassing her, you may wonder?’
    • ‘His aunt sassed him again before turning to leave his room to let him change.’
    • ‘I should love to see Gerald's face if you sassed him, but it would be too risky: I outrank him, but you most certainly don't.’
    • ‘Take note of that, the next time you sass your grandparents or fail to wash your hands before dinner.’
    • ‘He's too big for his britches, always thinking he knows best, quick to sass his elders and a hot head.’


Mid 19th century: variant of sauce.