\ ˈchē-zē How to pronounce cheesy (audio) \
cheesier; cheesiest

Definition of cheesy

1a : resembling or suggesting cheese especially in consistency or odor
b : containing cheese
2 : shabby sense 3c, cheap a cheesy movie cheesy motels

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Other Words from cheesy

cheesiness noun

Examples of cheesy in a Sentence

cheesy plastic knickknacks lined the fireplace mantel a cheesy watch that he bought from a sidewalk vendor preying on tourists

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Critics say the trend is cheesy, if not plain creepy. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "The fashion trend that won’t go away: Matching clothes for the whole family," 10 July 2019 This reality is too real to support those glossy champagne flutes, which become cheesy, rather than ironic, in contrast. Janine Parker,, "David Roussève’s REALITY pays tribute to an unsung hero," 5 July 2019 In fact, chef Graham Messenger, who is in charge of the kitchen at The Fitz, has created a super solid, obscenely cheesy, crisp-chewy crusted Chicago deep dish that my entire family devoured on a recent visit. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "The Fitz is making killer pizza, and we (and Cathedral Hill neighbors) approve," 26 June 2019 It’s easy to find costume tights that are cheesy, but real tights that are really well made and that have a really interesting pattern are so hard to find. Lulu Graham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outfit Dissecting with Juliana Ramirez," 18 June 2019 The kale, blanched until bright green, is soft and supple, absorbing all that spicy, cheesy, olive oil-y goodness. Elyse Inamine, Bon Appétit, "The Kinda-Healthy Kale Pasta I Can Always Count On," 7 June 2019 This cheesy pie can be made with or without the olives. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Revolving door' of summer visitors calls for special food," 19 May 2018 Lou Malnati's There's a reason Lou Malnati's is the standard-bearer for Chicago deep dish the world over: Originally founded in 1971, the chain—now with 50 local shops—consistently turns out solid, cheesy pies. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 And in those cases when a beanball war causes the dugouts to empty, the resulting brawl is almost always cheesier than anything ever staged in a wrestling ring by Vince McMahon. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is baseball such a boring game the Rockies and Cubs have to start a rock fight to prove their manhood?," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of cheesy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of cheesy

: resembling cheese especially : looking or smelling like cheese
: containing cheese
informal : of poor quality : lacking style or good taste


\ ˈchē-zē How to pronounce cheesy (audio) \
cheesier; cheesiest

Kids Definition of cheesy

1 : resembling cheese especially in appearance or smell a cheesy texture
2 : containing cheese a cheesy sauce
3 : of poor quality : lacking style or good taste We laughed while watching the old science fiction movie because of its lousy acting and cheesy sets.


\ ˈchē-zē How to pronounce cheesy (audio) \
cheesier; cheesiest

Medical Definition of cheesy

: resembling cheese in consistency cheesy lesions a cheesy discharge

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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