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cheeky

[chee-kee]
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adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.
  1. impudent; insolent: a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.

Origin of cheeky

First recorded in 1855–60; cheek + -y1
Related formscheek·i·ly, adverbcheek·i·ness, noun

Synonyms

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saucy, audacious, bold.
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  • He looked at me, cheekily; then he vanished through the gate.

    Tommy Wideawake

    H. H. Bashford


British Dictionary definitions for cheekily

cheeky

adjective cheekier or cheekiest
  1. disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudenta cheeky child
Derived Formscheekily, adverbcheekiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cheekily

cheeky

adj.

1859, from cheek in its sense of "insolence" + -y (2). Related: Cheekily; cheekiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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