Definition of

Sashay

  1. (noun, act) a journey taken for pleasure
    it was merely a pleasure trip
    after cautious sashays into the field
  2. (noun, act) (ballet) quick gliding steps with one foot always leading
  3. (noun, act) a square dance figure; partners circle each other taking sideways steps
  4. (verb, motion) move sideways
  5. (verb, motion) perform a chasse step, in ballet
  6. (verb, motion) to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Sashay

  1. 1836, from mangled Anglicization of Fr. chass? "gliding step" (in square dancing), lit. "chased," pp. of chasser "to chase," from O.Fr. chacier "to hunt," from V.L. *captiare (see capable, and cf. chase, catch). The noun is attested from 1900. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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