\ 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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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 The intimacy and vividness of her work, the delicate, fine brushstrokes, recall Delacroix, but the cheeky, unapologetic, and at times challenging attitude of her heroines evokes a model in a pinup magazine. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Lisa Yuskavage’s Art Continues to Defy Characterization," 6 Nov. 2018 On Monday night's episode, Erik, who had amassed $15,800 before the final round, opted for cheeky humor when he was stumped over the Final Jeopardy question. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Jeopardy!' Contestant Trolled Alex Trebek So Hard on the Show (and Still Won!)," 23 Oct. 2018 While knee-length skirts look a smidgen too modest with flats, above-the-knee hemlines are charmingly cheeky. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "Why Smart, Chic Women Are Abandoning High Heels (Forever)," 8 Nov. 2018 The neon two-piece featured a double-strap top and a cheeky, high-waisted bikini bottom. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner's Sommer Swim Green Bikini Is Surprisingly Affordable," 4 Sep. 2018 Digging into his burger with a cheeky grin, Melonas speaks quickly and frankly, as is his wont, explaining how his sprawling food laboratory in the Fenway is changing the way the world eats. Janelle Nanos,, "Can Adam Melonas cook up a food revolution from his secretive Fenway lab?," 27 June 2018 Kicker -- named after a cheeky foosball reference also featured on the album art -- will mark the first release from The Get Up Kids since 2011’s There Are Rules. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Get Up Kids Announce New EP 'Kicker,' Share Ebullient Single 'Maybe': Listen," 5 Apr. 2018 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation fans can now channel their favorite movie character all season long, thanks to this cheeky find from Ace Hardware. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Everyone Is Freaking Out About This Crazy 'Christmas Vacation' Clark Griswold Inflatable," 10 Dec. 2018

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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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