\ 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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Each of the two following movements gets faster: a cheeky, dancing scherzo; a razzle-dazzle finale. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Review: Fabio Luisi, Dallas Symphony energize frothy French fare: Bizet and Saint-Saëns," 29 Jan. 2021 The streaming platform sent viewers a cheeky letter from Lady Whistledown to confirm the news. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "How Shonda Rhimes Found the Bridgerton Book Series Is So Funny," 26 Jan. 2021 On the surface, WandaVision is a fun, cheeky sitcom about two Marvel superheroes living out their wholesome suburban fantasies. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "The Mysterious Voice on the Radio In 'WandaVision,' Explained," 25 Jan. 2021 The duo brings their cheeky humor and keen understanding of fragrance to amusing chats with major players, such as Malin+Goetz founders Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz and iconic French fragrance house Krigler's fifth-generation perfumer Ben Krigler. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "12 Beauty Podcasts to Binge While Social Distancing," 16 Dec. 2020 Packed with tricky loops, wonky instruments, and cheeky samples, every measure of music is obsession-worthy. James Parker, The Atlantic, "The 16 Best Albums of 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 The 6ix was a cheeky nod to the nickname given to Toronto by its most famous musical export, Drake. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, "Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram," 19 Jan. 2021 So, many fans see the bee at the end of season 1 as a cheeky confirmation that season 2 will adapt The Viscount Who Loved Me. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Why Everyone’s Talking About The Bee At The End Of Bridgerton," 10 Jan. 2021 Voiced by Julie Andrews as a cheeky narrator for much of the Shondaland series, Whistledown is unmasked in the finale. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan spills tea on playing the Regency Kardashians, Penelope's arc," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cheeky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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