Definition of Sashay

1. Noun. A square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps.

2. Verb. Move sideways.
Exact synonyms: Sidle
Generic synonyms: Move

3. Noun. (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading.
Exact synonyms: Chasse
Category relationships: Ballet, Concert Dance
Generic synonyms: Dance Step, Step
Derivative terms: Chasse

4. Verb. To walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others. "The children sashay to the playground"; "He struts around like a rooster in a hen house"
Exact synonyms: Cock, Prance, Ruffle, Strut, Swagger, Tittup
Generic synonyms: Walk
Derivative terms: Prance, Prancer, Strut, Swagger, Swaggerer

5. Noun. A journey taken for pleasure. "After cautious sashays into the field"
Exact synonyms: Excursion, Expedition, Jaunt, Junket, Outing, Pleasure Trip
Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying
Specialized synonyms: Airing, Field Trip
Derivative terms: Excursionist, Jaunt, Junket

6. Verb. Perform a chasse step, in ballet.
Exact synonyms: Chasse
Generic synonyms: Dance
Derivative terms: Chasse

Definition of Sashay

1. Noun. A chassé. ¹

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

3. Verb. (intransitive) To walk casually or showily; to strut, swagger or flounce. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To chassé when dancing. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To move sideways. ¹

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Definition of Sashay

1. to flounce [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: flounce

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sashay

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Literary usage of Sashay

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1. Memorabilia and Anecdotal Reminiscences of Columbia, S. C.: And Incidents by Julian A. Selby, William Gilmore Simms (1905)
""sashay More!" Mr. John A. Moore, a lawyer, who had taken up the dancing fever ... I was sashaying as well as I could, and you kept yelling, 'sashay, Moore! ..."

2. Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp by John Avery Lomax (1919)
"Bow down! right in town — and sashay down the middle; Got to keep a-movin' for to see the show! Yes, mam! Warm, mam ? Want to rest a minute ? ..."

3. Riders of the Stars: A Book of Western Verse by Henry Herbert Knibbs (1916)
"Say "Howl" make a bow, and sashay down the middle; Shake yo'r leg lively at the Cowboys' Ball. Big feet, little feet, all the feet a-clickin'; ..."

4. A Zulu-English Dictionary with Notes on Pronunciation: A Revised Orthography by Alfred T. Bryant (1905)
"... abantu). sashay wa ng'uwe (for sashay wa uwe). L is used in a similar manner with nouns of the 2nd. and 5th. classes. ..."

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