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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.
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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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  • But from a raw tenderfoot and inconsidered member of the scrub any such comment would savor of cheekiness, so he kept silent.

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    Joseph Bushnell Ames


British Dictionary definitions for cheekiness

cheeky

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 cheekiness

cheeky

adj.

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

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