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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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  • She might even, I should say, write a letter to you—perhaps a cheeky sort of letter, which would at once set your mind at ease.'

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • John wondered how Scaife had divined that he wished to be cheeky.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • And he pushed aside the playful-rough hands of the two cheeky rascals, Alex and Guy.

    The Twilight of the Souls Louis Couperus
  • What will you do, you cheeky boy, if they ask us for our board in advance?

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • I cant blame him for thinking this a cheeky invasion, Ned smiled, as he returned to his chair at the side of the couch.

    Boy Scouts in the Northwest G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for cheeky


adjective cheekier, cheekiest
disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudent: a cheeky child
Derived Forms
cheekily, adverb
cheekiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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