[ chee-kee ]
See synonyms for: cheekycheekiness on

adjective,cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.
  1. rude or disrespectful, especially in a playful or witty way; saucy; bold: With his trademark cheeky glint in his eye, he told me to get lost.A high dose of cheeky slapstick keeps the narrative rolling along.

  2. Informal. taken or done for sheer self-indulgent pleasure, usually spontaneously and in defiance of convention or normal restraint: This dish makes a great small dessert bowl, perfect for a cheeky scoop of ice cream.While in London for work I went for a cheeky spa break.

  1. Slang. (of shorts, underwear, etc.) incompletely or scantily covering the buttocks: My new swimsuit has a retro triangle white top and a teal cheeky bottom.

  1. Often cheek·ies .Slang. a pair of underpants, shorts, etc., that incompletely or scantily cover the buttocks: Some feel comfier in a cheeky than in a thong.I spent Saturday morning lounging in my favorite T-shirt and a pair of cheekies.

Origin of cheeky

First recorded in 1855–60; cheek + -y1

Other words for cheeky

Other words from cheeky

  • cheek·i·ly, adverb
  • cheek·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby cheeky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cheeky in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cheeky


/ (ˈtʃiːkɪ) /

adjectivecheekier or cheekiest
  1. disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudent: a cheeky child

Derived forms of cheeky

  • cheekily, adverb
  • cheekiness, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012