\ 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web As the pie bakes, the top and corner bits crisp while the creamy, cheesy topping somehow manages to melt into the layers of tomatoes. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I’ve Made a Lot of Tomato Pies, But Our Old-Fashioned Version Is My Absolute Favorite," 18 June 2020 Cultivated for use as a vitamin B-12 and protein-rich supplement, nutritional yeast brings a cheesy flavor to dishes and is commonly used in vegan and vegetarian diets. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Here Are the Baking and Cooking Questions You've Asked Most in Quarantine," 17 June 2020 Through thick and thin the bearded tycoon has hustled on, armed with a high-profile brand and a cheesy perma-grin. The Economist, "Virgin looks for help," 13 June 2020 Sadie searched for the right ones — not too big, not too cheesy-looking, a quality dog that would stand up to therapy. Steve Rubenstein,, "On the bright side: Bay Area stories about coping with grief, weight loss and empty airports," 8 June 2020 Three hours later, Dragon and its cheesy comestible returned safely to Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success," 3 June 2020 Georgia’s staple cheesy bread is more than Instagram bait. Rachel King, Fortune, "The cofounders of kitchen concierge startup The Culinistas on the importance of listening to your customers," 1 June 2020 Better to just take the elevator from now on, one of the reasons Vogel had offered the house up, that cheesy elevator. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Yes, the music is cheesy and the transitions are terribly uncool, but Mother's Day is all about those kinds of corny displays of affection. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Virtual Mother’s Day Card Options For Those Who Have To Celebrate From A Distance," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of cheesy

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

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24 Jun 2020

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“Cheesy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce cheesy (audio)

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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