\ 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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Terzini’s other spot, the new Bondi Public Beach Bar, is the kind of place where a cheeky glass of vino at lunch usually turns into three bottles before dinner. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 With the upcoming release of her lingerie collection Savage x Fenty, Rihanna took to Instagram to show off a seriously ahead-of-the-curve look, while throwing in a cheeky nod to her new line. Diana Shi, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Wears a Denim Skirt as a Top While Teasing Savage x Fenty," 6 May 2018 With her face close up against the window for a good view of the military display in the skies, Charlotte was spotted sticking out her tongue in a cheeky moment. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Princess Charlotte Had Some Adorable Attitude During the Royal Air Force Flypast," 10 July 2018 Lake Superior, whose Twitter account brags about being the greatest lake of all time (G.L.O.A.T.) and is a stream of cheeky jokes and hilarious self-aggrandizement, took on Mt. St. Helens on Twitter on Friday. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lake Superior roasts Mount St. Helens on Twitter and we're here for it," 5 Jan. 2018 With its cheeky name and unconventional ingredients, Not Not Tacos shouldn’t work. Michele Parente,, "Little Italy Food Hall, a delicious gastro-gathering place, opens today," 12 July 2018 Jan Vertonghen scored with a cheeky, arcing heading from the left side. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "The Improbable Beauty of Lukaku’s Hop," 6 July 2018 That language is a cheeky reference to Facebook, which has faced intense criticism ever since false news spread like wildfire on its platform during the 2016 presidential election. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Apple Tries to Avoid Facebook's Mistakes With 2018 Midterms," 26 June 2018 Zara's brother, Peter Phillips, has two children—seven-year-old Savannah Philips, who was extremely cheeky at this year's Trooping the Colour—and five-year-old Isla. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Zara Tindall? The Queen's Granddaughter Just Gave Birth to Her Second Child," 19 June 2018

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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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The first known use of cheeky was in 1846

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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