Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary




Synonyms and Antonyms of cheesy

  1. 1 marked by an obvious lack of style or good taste <cheesy plastic knickknacks lined the fireplace mantel> Synonyms {h,1}tacky, dowdy, inelegant, styleless, tasteless, ticky-tacky (also ticky-tack), trashy, unfashionable, unstylishRelated Words graceless, inappropriate, incorrect, unbecoming, unseemly, unsuitable, wrong; outmoded, out-of-date, passé; coarse, crude, unrefined, vulgar; cheap, common, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, tawdry; flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, grotesque, kitsch, kitschy, loud, ostentatious, overdone, showy, splashyNear Antonyms appropriate, becoming, correct, fitting, proper, right, seemly, suitable; conservative, genteel, handsome, neat, quiet, refined, restrained, simple, understated; contemporary, modern, up-to-date; à la mode (also a la mode), happening, in, modish, swank (or swanky)Antonyms chic, classic, classy, elegant, exquisite, fashionable, fine, posh, ritzy, smart, sophisticated, stylish, tasteful

  2. 2 of low quality <a cheesy watch that he bought from a sidewalk vendor preying on tourists> Synonyms bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheapjack, cheap, coarse, common, crappy [slang], cut-rate, el cheapo, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock (or schlocky also shlock or shlocky), second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, terrible, trashy, trumpery, wretchedRelated Words useless, valueless, worthless; indifferent, lackluster, second-class; brummagem, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, kitsch, kitschy, meretricious, ostentatious, showy, splashy, swank (or swanky), tawdry; seedy, shabby, tacky; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), sham; supercheap, ultracheapNear Antonyms elegant, handsome, tasteful; handcrafted, polished, refinedAntonyms excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, good, high-grade, superior, top-notch

Learn More about cheesy

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheesy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


of a yellow-green or bluish-gray color

Get Word of the Day daily email!