verb[no object] informal mainly North American
1with adverbial of direction Walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.
swagger, swank, parade, prance, flounce, stride, sweep
- ‘Louise was sashaying along in a long black satin dress’
- ‘She normally sat at the opposite end of the room, but had strutted over, sashaying her hips to talk with him.’
- ‘I stared at her, breath ragged, as she walked to the door, sashaying her hips calmly.’
- ‘Rivulets of sweat poured down our backs and James called out to us to walk like models sashaying down a ramp.’
- ‘She evaded his grasp and left without another word, sashaying her hips tauntingly.’
- ‘She looked up at me, and our eyes met for a brief instant, before she walked away, sashaying down the street towards the comedy club.’
- ‘She draped the white fur coat seductively around her shoulders and sashayed into the sitting room.’
- ‘They sashay along the red carpet, botox-smooth and silicone-enhanced, so blatantly vain and unabashedly full of themselves, spinning for scores of photographers.’
- ‘She sashays her way through the weekend with a natural elegance and sense of fun.’
- ‘Stunning in an ivory off-the-shoulder creation, with lace trim and offset by a lengthy train, the blonde dancer sashayed her way down the aisle to the side of her clearly ecstatic husband-to-be.’
- ‘She laughed again, and sashayed off, hips swaying.’
- ‘Wind whipping her gauzy skirt against her hips, she sashayed towards him.’
- ‘The parade of models sashaying down the runway in the Eldorado Ballroom had local fashion designers earning spirited cheers and rousing applause from the approving crowd.’
- ‘Drew glanced at the high-heeled, short-skirted girl now sashaying her way up the driveway.’
- ‘Models sashayed the catwalk in their jeans, textural cable knit sweaters and big fur bags.’
- ‘With that, she sashayed away, throwing me a glance over her shoulder.’
- ‘Heads turn automatically as she sashays into view.’
- ‘They've spun, tangoed, waltzed, rumbaed, salsaed, funked, jazzed, hip-hopped and twirled their little hearts out and now they're sashaying off into the sunset in an hour-long final.’
- ‘Some of them seem to be like our typical male models who while sashaying down the ramp in fashion shows give a demonstration of their well-built bodies.’
- ‘So there we were with our slinky little dresses, sashaying across the stage singing religious music and I think it just took the world aback.’
- ‘No, this international model will not be sashaying down the ramp, but will take up a one-year course in Hindi.’
2Perform the sashay.
- ‘ladies center, men sashay, left allemande’
- ‘Ailey had fully experienced the thrill that ripples through a Broadway theater when a line of spiffy dancers sashays in unison towards the edge of the stage.’
- ‘Ann and Sandie worked very hard promoting the event which saw line dancers from all over the province sashaying on the floor most of the night.’
(in American square dancing) a figure in which partners circle each other by taking sideways steps.
- ‘roll away with a half sashay, then face your original partner’
Mid 19th century (as a verb): alteration of chassé.