sashay (v.) Look up sashay at
1836, mangled Englishing of French chassé "gliding step" (in square dancing), literally "chased," past participle of chasser "to chase," from Old French chacier "to hunt," from Vulgar Latin *captiare "try to seize, chase," from Latin captare "to take, hold," frequentative of capere "to take, hold," from PIE root *kap- "to grasp." Compare chase, catch. Related: Sashayed; sashaying. The noun is attested from 1900.