adj. sauc·i·er, sauc·i·est
1. Impertinent or disrespectful, especially in a playful or lively way: a saucy servant; a saucy smile.
2. Attractive or stylish, especially in being sexually alluring: a saucy dress.
3. Having the consistency of or covered with sauce: saucy meatballs.
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