Definition of saucy in US English:



  • 1Impudent; flippant.

    ‘a saucy remark’
    • ‘‘Oh, I'm sorry,’ Kevin said, unable to help a slight saucy grin.’
    • ‘A feisty, attractive Hispanic redhead, she is promoted on the network as ‘the hottest judge on television,’ and she flashes much saucy good humor.’
    • ‘Another John is a saucy southerner who talked about two Americas while surprisingly not referring to secession.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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has she been in great demand, but her youthful on-screen tendency to look pained and always on the verge of tears has been replaced by a saucy, aggressive, womanly tone.’
    • ‘Few seem to mind, except those who think the shop owner is the one being a little saucy.’
    • ‘Hugging myself, I silently admitted that I missed her feisty behaviour and saucy manner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While tracking Tony's daughter down, Angela finds herself in fisticuffs with a saucy waitress, and is revealed as a monstrous hypocrite.’
    • ‘He made jokes at the teachers and had witty comments that were a little saucy.’
    • ‘Mary, the saucy actress whom Sinclair fancies, has the word for it, one that Jock himself gave her: resilience.’
    • ‘She gives me a beefy, saucy grin as she hands back my change.’
    • ‘They are also full of gossipy anecdotes recounted in his saucy and acerbic style.’
    • ‘This was a sparkling show, saucy in its depictions perhaps but rarely intentionally cruel.’
    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 Bold and lively; smart-looking.

    ‘a hat with a saucy brim’
    • ‘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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  • 3British Sexually suggestive, typically in a way intended to be lighthearted.

    ‘saucy songs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Windows users were warned today to be on their guard for a new virus that poses as a racy attachment to a saucy email.’
    • ‘That gleam in his eye when he delivers saucy sexual double entendre is something that can never be experienced in an audio recording alone.’
    • ‘His lyrics are witty and, at times, saucy, but his love songs still top my musical chart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's sexy, saucy, and will have you on the edge of your seat.’
    • ‘Aiming at 16 to 25-year-olds, the company reckoned that its saucy tube adverts were humorous.’
    • ‘The songs Serge Gainsbourg wrote for her are sung with a saucy knowingness.’
    • ‘If, however, you like your comedy no more postmodern than a saucy seaside postcard, read on.’
    • ‘The sexy actress has splashed out £1000 on an array of saucy goods from the London store.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also much saucy humour of a kind that would probably not have passed US censors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's shocked to find her dressed provocatively and in a saucy mood.’
    • ‘He looked like a character from a saucy seaside postcard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    suggestive, titillating, risqué, rude, bawdy, racy, ribald, spicy
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Early 16th century (in the sense ‘savory, flavored with sauce’): from sauce + -y.