sass

Sass is a smart alecky or impudent reply. Your middle school teacher might warn you that once you get to high school, they won't put up with your sass.

Use sass as a noun — or a verb, meaning to talk in a cheeky way: "Don't you dare sass your grandmother!" When someone teases you or speaks in an almost rude manner, they give you sass. This word emerged in the 19th century from the adjective sassy, which began as a variation on saucy, from the idea that words can be zesty, sharp, or spicy.

Definitions of sass
  1. noun
    an impudent or insolent rejoinder
    “don't give me any of your sass
    synonyms: back talk, backtalk, lip, mouth, sassing
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    type of:
    comeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
  2. verb
    answer back in an impudent or insolent manner
    “don't sass me!”
    “The teacher punished the students who were sassing all morning”
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    type of:
    answer, reply, respond
    react verbally
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