Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Impertinent, disrespectful speech; back talk.
  • transitive verb To talk impudently to.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun sarcasm, backtalk, cheek.
  • verb To talk, to talk back.

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

  • verb answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
  • noun an impudent or insolent rejoinder

Etymologies

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

[Back-formation from sassy.]

Examples

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

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  • "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

  • "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

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  • 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

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