cheeky

adjective
\ ˈchē-kē How to pronounce cheeky (audio) \
cheekier; cheekiest

Definition of cheeky

informal
: boldly rude, impudent, or disrespectful in usually a playful or appealing way a cheeky grin … old-timers who still look like they could deck you if you get too cheeky.— Shaun Assael

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Other Words from cheeky

cheekily \ ˈchē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce cheekily (audio) \ adverb
cheekiness \ ˈchē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce cheekiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of cheeky in a Sentence

a cheeky comment about something that was none of her business

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For Jeanne Damas, a Parisian take on cheeky meant a crimson pout primed for a Pigalle café, her tube of lipstick moonlighting as a faux—though infinitely chicer—cigarette. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Meet the Femme Fatale Lip of Your Future!," 5 Aug. 2018 Call it a cheeky (if not downright irreverent) homage. Beth Dunlop, ELLE Decor, "For the Fun of It," 8 Feb. 2010 In an ode to its American roots, Simons added Western flair to Calvin Klein denim and created cheeky pieces like Jaws T-shirts. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Given the fact that original Warhol works reliably go for multi-millions at auction, Ford's clever incorporation of the artist's muse is a cheeky way to get a high-art look at a supermarket price. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 Further layering was accomplished with new Adler designs: glam-rock beaded artworks, cheeky needlepoint pillows, and Surrealist porcelain vases, some of which sprout ostrich feathers. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 So, Adler collaborated with him on a series of cheeky artwork. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Do Glam Interiors Right," 11 Mar. 2019 With a few adorable and romantic words out of the way, the 26-year-old singer couldn’t resist adding a cheeky comment on a second photo of Hemsworth playing the saxophone on a promo poster. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Attended Husband Liam Hemsworth's "Isn't it Romantic" Movie Premiere Without Him," 12 Feb. 2019 The Dutch duo created massive tiered, tulle gowns, decorated with a variety of cheeky yet relatable images and statements. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Casey Spooner Does Couture As Only He Can," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of cheeky

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheeky

see cheek entry 1

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cheeky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cheeky

chiefly British, informal : rude and showing a lack of respect often in a way that seems playful or amusing

cheeky

adjective
\ ˈchē-kē How to pronounce cheeky (audio) \
cheekier; cheekiest

Kids Definition of cheeky

: showing disrespect : rude

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