cheese·​ball | \ ˈchēz-ˌbȯl How to pronounce cheeseball (audio) \

Definition of cheeseball

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: inferior in quality : cheap, cheesy … the orchestration is still layered, complex, and hypnotic. Too bad the production is so blandly cheeseball.— Rob Brunner, Entertainment Weekly, 30 July 1999 Stay away from the touristy Pioneer Square historic district and most of its cheeseball clubs, at least on nights and weekends.Spin, July 2006


cheese·​ball | \ ˈchēz-ˌbȯl How to pronounce cheeseball (audio) \
plural cheeseballs

Definition of cheeseball (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: a person who lacks style or good taste : a cheesy person The other person of interest is … in his mid-30s, works in New York's fashion industry, and considers his looks a hobby. He's a cheeseball, but a fascinating one.— Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, 18 May 2012

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First Known Use of cheeseball


1986, in the meaning defined above


1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheeseball


cheese entry 1 (in sense “something, such as entertainment, lacking style, taste, or originality”) + -ball (as in cornball, goofball, oddball entry 2, screwball entry 2)


nominal use of cheeseball entry 1

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“Cheeseball.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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delight or enjoyment

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