\ 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 Victoria Beckham’s Spice Girls days are a thing of the past, but the designer still loves a cheeky throwback moment from time to time. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Channels Scary Spice," 5 Apr. 2021 Other celebrities and friends filled the comments with cheeky notes. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Wore a Ring on That Finger—And Now Fans Think She’s Engaged to Tristan," 2 Apr. 2021 There is precedent for the SEC taking action against cheeky statements regarding big companies. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Volkswagen could end up in hot water over its 'Voltswagen' marketing stunt," 31 Mar. 2021 Take a dive into the cheeky little appliances below. Southern Living, "You’re Going To Fall in Love with Walmart's Nostalgic New Line of Kitchen Appliances," 27 Mar. 2021 In 2018, when Dianne Feinstein ran for re-election, her campaign staged a fundraiser in Los Angeles, with the cheeky theme that the teams did not agree on anything except Feinstein for Senate. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Easy now, San Diego. The Giants still loom large as the Dodgers’ primary rival," 26 Mar. 2021 Since joining the platform in 2015, David Dobrik’s charm and cheeky personality have quickly shot him to YouTube superstardom. Florence O'connor, Vulture, "A Timeline of the David Dobrik Allegations and Controversies," 17 Mar. 2021 Recovery from a vasectomy can take up to three days, time that could be well spent watching tournament basketball, the practice says in cheeky advertising. NBC News, "'Vasectomy Mayhem' at Virginia urologist draws trademark complaint from NCAA," 12 Mar. 2021 Geico did a cheeky Covid-beard campaign with TSM star Bjergsen that was filmed as a Zoom-style group video chat. Aaron Fletcher, Rolling Stone, "How Brands Can Engage Gamers by Understanding the Esports Community," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cheeky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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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