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
  1. verb
    walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others
    synonyms: cock, prance, ruffle, strut, swagger, tittup
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    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. verb
    perform a chasse step, in ballet
    synonyms: chasse
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    type of:
    move in a graceful and rhythmical way
  3. verb
    move sideways
    synonyms: sidle
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    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. noun
    (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
    synonyms: chasse
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    type of:
    dance step, step
    a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance
  5. noun
    a journey taken for pleasure
    “after cautious sashays into the field”
    synonyms: excursion, expedition, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip
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    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
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    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  6. noun
    a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
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    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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