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[chee-kee] /ˈtʃi ki/
adjective, cheekier, cheekiest.
impudent; insolent:
a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.
Origin of cheeky
First recorded in 1855-60; cheek + -y1
Related forms
cheekily, adverb
cheekiness, noun
saucy, audacious, bold. Unabridged
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  • What will you do, you cheeky boy, if they ask us for our board in advance?

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • I couldn't do a thing like that, and be so cheeky and unconcerned.

  • Jerry isn't as cheeky as he used to be in Flanders last year, is he?

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • Mallory he starts in to say that he's sorry for seemin' so cheeky; but that's about all he can say.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Dad, however, was not thinking of the waiter or his cheeky manner for the moment.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for cheeky


adjective cheekier, cheekiest
disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudent: a cheeky child
Derived Forms
cheekily, adverb
cheekiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheeky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cheeky



Impudent; impertinent; rude (1850s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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