I. intransitive verb Etymology: alteration of chassé Date: 1836 1. to make a chassé 2. a. walk, glide, go b. to strut or move about in an ostentatious or conspicuous manner c. to proceed or move in a diagonal or sideways manner II. noun Date: 1900 1. trip, excursion 2. a square-dance figure in which partners sidestep in a circle around each other with the man moving behind the woman 3. chasse

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  • sashay — (v.) 1836, mangled Anglicization of Fr. chassé gliding step (in square dancing), lit. chased, pp. of chasser to chase, from O.Fr. chacier to hunt, from V.L. *captiare (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable), and Cf. CHASE (Cf. chase), CATCH …   Etymology dictionary

  • sashay — ► VERB informal, chiefly N. Amer. ▪ walk ostentatiously, with exaggerated hip and shoulder movements. ORIGIN alteration of CHASSÉ(Cf. ↑C) …   English terms dictionary

  • sashay — ☆ sashay [sa shā′ ] vi. [altered < CHASSÉ] 1. to do a chassé in a square dance 2. Informal to move, walk, or go, esp. in a casual way 3. Informal to move, walk, etc. in such a way as to show off or attract attention …   English World dictionary

  • sashay — UK [ˈsæʃeɪ] / US [sæˈʃeɪ] verb [intransitive] Word forms sashay : present tense I/you/we/they sashay he/she/it sashays present participle sashaying past tense sashayed past participle sashayed to walk somewhere in a relaxed and confident manner …   English dictionary

  • sashay — Synonyms and related words: amble, barge, be getting along, bowl along, bundle, buzz off, clump, come away, commute, course, cover ground, depart, drag, exit, fare, fare forth, fetch, flit, flounce, flow, foot, footslog, gang, gang along, get… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sashay — sa|shay [sæˈʃeı] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: chassé, from the past participle of chasser; CHASE1] to walk in a confident way, moving your body from side to side, especially so that people look at you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sashay — v To go. Why don t you sashay over to the store and get some bottled water? 1830s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • sashay — vb to walk proudly, stride, flounce or mince . Sashay originated as an Amer icanisation of the French chasse (in this case a rapid, gliding movement; a term used in square dancing). She sashayed up to the bar and ordered a daiquiri …   Contemporary slang

  • sashay — [sa ʃeɪ] verb informal, chiefly N. Amer. 1》 walk ostentatiously, with exaggerated hip and shoulder movements. 2》 perform the sashay. noun (in American square dancing) a figure in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps. Origin… …   English new terms dictionary

  • sashay — /ˈsæʃeɪ / (say sashay) verb (i) Colloquial to strut, move exaggeratedly: *As he sashayed away she could see that he was corsetted. –sumner locke elliott, 1981. {US English (1830s); mispronunciation of chassé} …   Australian English dictionary

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