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

Other Words from cheeky

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

Examples of cheeky in a Sentence

a cheeky comment about something that was none of her business
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First Known Use of cheeky

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheeky

see cheek entry 1

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2 Jul 2022

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“Cheeky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheeky. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for cheeky

cheeky

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

Kids Definition of cheeky

: showing disrespect : rude

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