See also: SASS, Sass, and saß



Variant of sauce


  • (UK) IPA(key): /sæs/
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  • Rhymes: -æs


sass (uncountable)

  1. (US) Backtalk, cheek, sarcasm.
  2. (archaic) Vegetables used in making sauces.

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sass (third-person singular simple present sasses, present participle sassing, simple past and past participle sassed)

  1. (intransitive, US, informal) To talk, to talk back.
    • 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter XXXI, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) [], London: Chatto & Windus, [], OCLC 458431182, page 316:
      The duke he begun to abuse him for an old fool, and the king begun to sass back; and the minute they was fairly at it, I lit out, and shook the reefs out of my hind legs, and spun down the river road like a deer—for I see our chance; and I made up my mind that it would be a long day before they ever see me and Jim again.
    • 1894, Mark Twain, chapter 2, in Tom Sawyer Abroad:
      “But, good land! what did he want to sass back for? You see, it couldn’t do him no good, and it was just nuts for them.”
  2. (transitive, US, informal) To speak insolently to.
    Don’t sass your teachers!





  1. Switzerland and Liechtenstein standard spelling of saß.