To sashay is to walk with an exaggerated flounce. Fashion models sometimes sashay down the runway.

When you sashay, you're showing off — but in a deliberately casual way. Kids playing dress up might sashay, and the most popular middle school students might sashay into class on the first day. You can also use sashay to describe a dance step, both a sideways square dance move and a ballet step; it's a mispronunciation of the French ballet term chassé, "gliding step," or literally, "to chase," since one foot "chases" the other.

Definitions of sashay

v walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

cock, prance, ruffle, strut, swagger, tittup
Type of:
use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

v perform a chasse step, in ballet

Type of:
move in a graceful and rhythmical way

v move sideways

Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

n (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading

Type of:
dance step, step
a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

n a journey taken for pleasure

“after cautious sashays into the field”
excursion, expedition, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip
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
Type of:
journey, journeying
the act of traveling from one place to another

n a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps

Type of:
contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country dancing, country-dance
a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

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