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

Definition of cheeky

: 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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Creator Sebastian Gutierrez fills Jett with indulgent pulp: women fighting in a prison shower, split screens, freeze-frames, cheeky sexposition. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch this weekend: Lots of sex, drugs, and teen drama in HBO's Euphoria," 14 June 2019 Her arch use of Instagram might best embody the ephemeral, cheeky spirit of IG stories and often provides valuable insights into what the headlines of tomorrow might be. Cady Lang, Time, "The 25 Accounts to Follow For the Best Instagram Stories Right Now," 4 June 2019 Much of the movie, in other words, maintains a cheeky, faintly tiresome bro-vs.-bro attitude even in the face of looming disaster. Justin Chang,, "'Avengers: Infinity War': a rousing Marvel mash-up, or a truly epic tease?," 24 Apr. 2018 Both Zoë Kravitz and Chloë Sevigny have recently taken the stylish student look out for a cheeky spin. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Ways to Wear Socks and Loafers," 13 May 2019 On the face of it, this is an odd duo, but Mr. Bell, the lyrical, pristine violinist, and Mr. Denk, a cheeky and offbeat pianist, make for a fine partnership. David Allen, New York Times, "Classical Music in NYC This Week," 1 Feb. 2018 These are just a few of the cheeky names given to lipsticks, lip tints, nail polishes, and other cosmetics from some of our favorite brands. Rosa Sanchez, Teen Vogue, "How Your Favorite Cosmetics Products Got Their Cheeky Names," 11 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of cheeky

: showing disrespect : rude

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