Saucy Sau"cy, a. [Compar. {Saucier}; superl. {Sauciest}.] [From {Sauce}.] 1. Showing impertinent boldness or pertness; transgressing the rules of decorum; treating superiors with contempt; impudent; insolent; as, a saucy fellow. [1913 Webster]

Am I not protector, saucy priest? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressive of, or characterized by, impudence; impertinent; as, a saucy eye; saucy looks. [1913 Webster]

We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Impudent; insolent; impertinent; rude. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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