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cheeky

[ chee-kee ]
/ ˈtʃi ki /
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adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.
impudent; insolent: a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.
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Origin of cheeky

First recorded in 1855–60; cheek + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM cheeky

cheek·i·ly, adverbcheek·i·ness, noun
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How to use cheeky in a sentence

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

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  • Consequently, the little thief was restored to his usual state of jaunty 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 cheeky

cheeky
/ (ˈtʃiːkɪ) /

adjective cheekier or cheekiest
disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudenta cheeky child

Derived forms of cheeky

cheekily, adverbcheekiness, noun
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