\ˈchē-kē \
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 \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb
cheekiness \ -​kē-​nəs \ 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

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

: rude and showing a lack of respect often in a way that seems playful or amusing


\ˈchē-kē \
cheekier; cheekiest

Kids Definition of cheeky

: showing disrespect : rude

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