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[chee-kee] /ˈtʃi ki/
adjective, cheekier, cheekiest.
impudent; insolent:
a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.
Origin of cheeky
1855-60; cheek + -y1
Related forms
cheekily, adverb
cheekiness, noun
saucy, audacious, bold. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheeky
  • Steve:that features a cheeky urban pigeon that's kind of a wisecrack.
  • It was incredibly cheeky for the government to then insist that universities both provide and pay for this work.
  • It is still pinkish, and still plays host to some terrific writing, annotated by cheeky headlines and pointillistic graphics.
British Dictionary definitions for cheeky


adjective cheekier, cheekiest
disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudent: a cheeky child
Derived Forms
cheekily, adverb
cheekiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheeky

1859, from cheek in its sense of "insolence" + -y (2). Related: Cheekily; cheekiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cheeky



Impudent; impertinent; rude (1850s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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