Variant of sauce
- (US) Backtalk, cheek, sarcasm.
- 1884 December 10, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter V, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: (Tom Sawyer’s Comrade) […], London: Chatto & Windus, […], OCLC 458431182, page 33:
- Looky here—mind how you talk to me; I’m a-standing about all I can stand now—so don’t gimme no sass.
- (archaic) Vegetables used in making sauces.
backtalk, cheek, sarcasm
- (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, 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.”
- (transitive, US, informal) To speak insolently to.
- Don’t sass your teachers!