adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.

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 for cheeky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheekiness

Contemporary Examples of cheekiness

  • Eventually, this short, louche novel that began with warmth and zest and cheekiness, wanders around aimlessly in magenta caftans.

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    June 23, 2009

Historical Examples of cheekiness

  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for cheekiness


adjective cheekier or cheekiest

disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudenta cheeky child
Derived Formscheekily, adverbcheekiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cheekiness



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

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