cheekier; cheekiest
: 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
cheekily adverb
cheekiness noun

Examples of cheeky in a Sentence

a cheeky comment about something that was none of her business
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Word History


see cheek entry 1

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheeky was in 1838

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“Cheeky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


cheekier; cheekiest
: showing disrespect : rude, impudent
cheekiness noun

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