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[chee-zee] /ˈtʃi zi/
adjective, cheesier, cheesiest.
of or like cheese:
a cheesy aroma; a cheesy taste.
Slang. inferior or cheap; chintzy:
The movie's special effects are cheesy and unconvincing.
1350-1400; Middle English. See cheese1, -y1
Related forms
cheesily, adverb
cheesiness, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cheesily


adjective cheesier, cheesiest
like cheese in flavour, smell, or consistency
(informal) (of a smile) broad but possibly insincere a big cheesy grin
(informal) banal or trite; in poor taste
Derived Forms
cheesiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheesily
"cheap, inferior," 1896, from Urdu chiz "a thing," picked up by British in India by 1818 and used in the sense of "a big thing." By 1858, cheesy had evolved a slang meaning of "showy," which led to the modern, ironic sense. Cheesed "disgruntled, exasperated," is from 1941, British slang, but the connection is uncertain.
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Slang definitions & phrases for cheesily


  1. Lacking in taste; vulgarly unesthetic: an altogether hideous room, expensive but cheesy/ The acting was so cheesy. It was like porn acting (1950s+)
  2. Of inferior workmanship; shoddy: This is accomplished through some really cheesy special effects (1896+)
  3. Shabby; ugly: ''I thought that was kind of cheesy,'' Harding said (1896+)
  4. Not real or genuine; false; fake, phony (1970s+)
  5. (also cheese dog) Out of date, often so appallingly so that it has a certain chic appeal; campy, corny: The runway stuff? Cheese dog./ I included the big hair to cause a little friction. They both almost unanimously referred to it as ''cheesy''/ And the Cheesy Award goes to Tony Bennett (1980s+ Students)

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