cheeky

play
adjective \ˈchē-kē\

Definition of cheeky

cheekier

;

cheekiest

informal

  1. :  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

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

cheekiness

play \-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cheeky in a Sentence

  1. a cheeky comment about something that was none of her business

Recent Examples of cheeky from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cheeky'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of cheeky

see 1cheek


First Known Use: 1846


CHEEKY Defined for English Language Learners

cheeky

play
adjective

Definition of cheeky for English Language Learners

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


CHEEKY Defined for Kids

cheeky

play
adjective \ˈchē-kē\

Definition of cheeky for Students

cheekier

;

cheekiest

  1. :  showing disrespect :  rude



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheeky? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to bile

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!