Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Impertinent, disrespectful speech; back talk.
  • transitive v. To talk impudently to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sarcasm, backtalk, cheek.
  • v. To talk, to talk back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To talk or reply saucily; be insolent in replying.
  • To sauce; be saucy to.
  • n. Same as sauce.
  • n. Vegetables, particularly those used in making sauces: as, garden sass.
  • n. Insolence; impudence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
  • n. an impudent or insolent rejoinder

Etymologies

Back-formation from sassy1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • This was to have happened in 2004, but there was so much sass from the people that it was put off till 09.

    End of analog broadcast TV in USA approaches

  • "That's the stuff for my money!" replied her brother; "'taters and apple-sass is my sass in the winter."

    The Wide, Wide World

  • Myer snaps up sass & bide for $42.5m MYER has announced its $42.5 million purchase of high-end women's fashion label sass & bide.

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  • "It's good those is easy got," said his sister Mary; "the sass is the most of the dinner to Bob most commonly."

    The Wide, Wide World

  • "It's good those is easy got," said his sister Mary; "the sass is the most of the dinner to Bob, most commonly."

    The Wide, Wide World

  • The best part of my Mother's Day was listening to my granddaughter give my daughter the kind of sass she used to give me.

    Dear God... (the stick turned blue)

  • Software as a Service SaaS, typically pronounced 'sass' is a model of software deployment whereby a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand

    notes on cloud computing

  • It takes the Sasquatch out of the -- takes the "sass" out of the "squatch" or something.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2008

  • However, the sass has been a bit lacking in the first 2 films * sigh* so I’ll just throw my vote for the fight scene with the newborns.

    Twilight Lexicon » Poll: What are you most looking forward to in Eclipse?

  • These trees are usually good standard varieties which have been the source of much apple "sass," many an apple pie, and many a barrel of cider-vinegar.

    Apple Growing

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