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

cheesily, adverb
cheesiness, noun Unabridged
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cheesy (ˈtʃiːzɪ)
adj , cheesier, cheesiest
1.  like cheese in flavour, smell, or consistency
2.  informal (of a smile) broad but possibly insincere: a big cheesy grin
3.  informal banal or trite; in poor taste

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"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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