adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cheekycheek·i·ly, adverbcheek·i·ness, noun
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What does cheeky mean?
Cheeky means bold, brash, and a bit rude, but also maybe a little playful and amusing.
Cheeky is an adjective that is typically used to describe a person or their actions or comments. It is most commonly used in the U.K., but it is frequently used elsewhere as well.
Example: During her speech, she managed to sneak in a cheeky remark about her previous employer.
Where does cheeky come from?
The first records of cheeky come from the mid-1800s. It is formed by adding the adjective suffix -y to the noun cheek, meaning “brashness” or “impudence.” (Someone who’s cheeky might point out that cheek also means “one side of the buttocks.”)
Cheeky is often defined with stuffy words like insolent, impudent, and impertinent, but it often implies a sense of playfulness. Cheeky people may be brash, but describing them as cheeky often means we enjoy their irreverence or mischievousness because it’s funny, silly, or clever. If you describe a comment as cheeky, you probably mean that it’s a little impolite, but you probably don’t think it’s blatantly offensive or overly rude. Cheeky can have many different shades of meaning, especially in the U.K., where it’s most commonly used, and some of them aren’t associated with rudeness. For example, in sports like soccer (football), a cheeky pass is one that’s bold and clever, and probably unconventional in some way.
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What are some other forms related to cheeky?
- cheekier (comparative adjective)
- cheekiest (superlative adjective)
- cheek (noun)
- cheekiness (noun)
- cheekily (adverb)
What are some synonyms for cheeky?
What are some words that often get used in discussing cheeky?
How is cheeky used in real life?
Cheeky is most often used in descriptions of comments or actions that are a bit irreverent but are still lighthearted.
Corbyn making a few cheeky comments about party donations during his speech: "I don’t have to play tennis with an oligarch to keep our party organisation running."
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) September 26, 2018
I know the #RoyalWedding is not for everyone, but we all saw Harry lose his Mum so young, then grow up into this kind, cheeky, thoughtful guy. Now he’s found this incredible woman, and it brings a tear to my cynical eye. Have a great day everyone (also, enjoy the cup final).
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) May 19, 2018
I heard a couple arguing outside my window so I opened it to have a cheeky look but they saw me and I banged my head on the frame in shock 💀
— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) February 19, 2017
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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym for cheeky?
Example sentences from the Web for cheeky
Ricky Gervais, the sultan of scorn, uttered that cheeky bit while emceeing the Golden Globes ceremony a few years back.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight|Marlow Stern|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The revival swept in glam costumes, elegant choreography, and cheeky fun, sometimes weaving in social commentary.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Greaves and a handful of friends founded it in January as a vehicle for a cheeky, in-your-face brand of political theater.
It was the cataclysmic collision of spitfire upstart performer, brilliant pop song, and cheeky music video.Britney Spears’s ‘…Baby One More Time’ Turns 15: The Making of an Iconic Music Video|Kevin Fallon|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They convey clearly, in a cheeky, campy kind of way, what the site is all about— getting the lowest price possible.
Her cheeky feather was made to dance attendance for a moment; and then she was shown into the office.The Bill-Toppers|Andre Castaigne
Jerry isn't as cheeky as he used to be in Flanders last year, is he?Pushed and the Return Push|George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
A zygomatic zoophagan is a sort of cheeky animal that eats other animals.Half-Hours with Jimmieboy|John Kendrick Bangs
Ralph looked him over as a cool specimen, although there was nothing “cheeky” about the intruder.Ralph on the Overland Express|Allen Chapman
Herbert foresaw that Eustace was likely to be uppish and cheeky, and would want keeping in his place.Queensland Cousins|Eleanor Luisa Haverfield