"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.
(also cheese dog) Out of date, often so appallingly so that it has a certain chic appeal; campy, corny: The runway stuff?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. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source