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Definition of the noun sashay

What does sashay mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sashays

  1. a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
  2. (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
  3. a journey taken for pleasure
    • example: after cautious sashays into the field
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of sashay: excursion / expedition / jaunt / junket / outing / pleasure trip
    • more generic words: journey / journeying = the act of traveling from one place to another
    • more specific terms:
      • airing = a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
      • field trip = a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination

Alternative definition of the noun sashay


  1. A chassé.
  2. A sequence of sideways steps in a circle in square dancing.

Definition of the verb sashay

What does sashay mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sashayed | sashaying | sashays

  1. move sideways
  2. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    • example: The children sashay to the playground
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of sashay: cock / prance / ruffle / strut / swagger / tittup
    • more generic word: walk = use one's feet to advance
  3. perform a chasse step, in ballet
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of sashay: chasse
    • more generic word: dance = move in a graceful and rhythmical way

Alternative definition of the verb sashay


  1. [intransitive] To walk casually or showily; to strut, swagger or flounce.
  2. [intransitive] To chassé when dancing.
  3. [intransitive] To move sideways.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for sashay

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Google previewWord Nerd (2007)

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words by Barbara Ann Kipfer

or gauze worn about the head, a turban sashay is an American corruption of French chassé, “chase, pursue,” as the steps follow/chase each other sashimi, thinly sliced raw fish with a sauce, is a compound formed from sashi, “pierce,” and mi ...

Google previewDefining Eclipse: Vocabulary Workbook for Unlocking the SAT, ACT, GED, and SSAT (2010)

by Brian Leaf

Sashay is a confident walk.” A. Strut is a fast walk ...

Google previewDictionary of Homonyms (2007)

by David Rothwell

sachet, sashay A sachet is a small sealed packet containing something such as ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

a slow relaxed manner—saunter Walk in an affected way—mince Walk in an idle way—mosey, stroll, saunter, sashay Walk in an ungainly drooping manner— slouch Walk in shallow water—paddle Walk laboriously—plod Walk lamely—limp , ...

Google previewDictionary of Contemporary Slang (2014)

by Tony Thorne

sashay vb to walk proudly, stride, flounceor 'mince'. Sashay originated asan Americanisation of the Frenchchassé (inthis casea rapid, gliding movement;aterm used in square ...

Google previewNew American Roget's College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (2002)

by Philip D. Morehead

fling, gopak, hoedown, square dance, do-si-do, sashay, set, hornpipe, jota, juba, kazatsky, kolo, ländler, ...

Google previewThe Standard Dictionary of English Slang

Sashay — To slide, glide, etc.

Google previewHow to Say it and Write it Correctly Now: The Ultimate Reference Book, Containing Practical Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling Rules, Homonyms, Medical Terms, Layperson's Legal Dictionary, Major Art Terms -- And More! (2005)

by Santo J. Aurelio

one containing perfume sashay - (sa-SHAI) v. to walk or strut in a conspicuous way; n. trip, journey; square-dance step sacks - v . puts in bags; dismisses; tackles; plunders; n. bags; dismissals; tackles; ...

Google previewDictionary of the British English Spelling System (2015)

by Greg Brooks

ashet, baksheesh, banshee, bishop, buckshee, Bolshevik, bolshie, bushel, cashier, cashmere, cushion, dasheen, dishevel, fashion, geisha, kosher, kwashiorkor, marshal, pasha, pashmina, ramshackle, sashay, worship, ...

Google previewA Concise Dictionary of Homonyms

by Students’ Academy

Roux: cooked butter and flour Rue: regret Rude: impolite Rued: regretted Rye: grain Wry: twisted S Sachet: a small bag containing perfumed powder Sashay: to strut or flounce Sacks: bags Sax: short for saxophone Sail: wind powered water ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

sashay v. strut, glide, swagger, flounce, bounce, prance, sidle, parade, promenade, step, ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2002)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

roué, routeway, runway, sachet, Salé, sansei, sashay, sauté, screenplay, seaway, semé, shar-pei, shipway, short-day, sideway, Skopje, skyway, slideway, slipway, sluiceway, soigné, soiree, someday, someway, soothsay, soufflé, speedway, ...

Google previewThe Chambers Dictionary (1998)

sashay satisfy attaching a weight to the sash in order to hold it open at any height ; sash weight either of two counterweights in a sash window; sash window a window with a sash or sashes, as opposed to casement window. [Fr chassis} sashay ...

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Scrabble value of S1A1S1H4A1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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