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adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.
  1. impudent; insolent: a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.
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Origin of cheeky

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


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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


adjective cheekier or cheekiest
  1. disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudenta cheeky child
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Derived Formscheekily, adverbcheekiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheekily



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

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