\ˈchē-zē \
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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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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Vibe: Feeling a little cheesy and very here for it. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "50 Romantic Love Songs Guaranteed to Make You Melt," 3 Aug. 2018 Whether stylistically intentional or not, a scattershot quality extends to all levels of the production, from choreography to lighting to costumes — a combination of the purposely cheesy and the merely makeshift. F. Kathleen Foley,, "'Solo Must Die,' and so must this 'Star Wars' musical spoof," 11 May 2018 The pizza is just as classic and comforting: impossibly thick and cheesy deep dish pies on a proprietary crust—this is a fork-and-knife affair, after all. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 When traveling, sports jerseys look cheesy and unpolished. 12. Micaela English, Town & Country, "19 Things You Should Never Wear While Traveling," 1 Oct. 2018 The opening sections are pretty cheesy, but the illustrations are exuberant. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Junior Disease Detectives is for teens — but I geeked out over it, too," 11 Aug. 2018 In recent years, however, as kids’ clothes have become sophisticated, mother-daughter dressing can skew more chic than cheesy. Michelle Ruiz, WSJ, "Mommy-and-Me Style: Cute or Creepy?," 17 July 2018 Giordano’s Feed the gang with the special Fourth of July Family Meal Deal: a large, two-topping thin crust pizza, family house or Caesar salad, cheesy garlic bread and four soft drinks, coffee or tea beverages ($39.99). Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Happy birthday, America! 35 restaurants celebrating with Fourth of July food, drink deals," 29 June 2018 Fourth of July nail art often gets a bad rap for being too literal, too kitschy, or too cheesy. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "The Best 4th of July Nail Ideas That Aren't Painfully Cheesy," 29 June 2018

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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

: of poor quality : lacking style or good taste


\ˈchē-zē \
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 \
cheesier; cheesiest

Medical Definition of cheesy 

: resembling cheese in consistency cheesy lesions a cheesy discharge

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