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

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Contemporary Examples of cheeky

Historical Examples of cheeky

  • What will you do, you cheeky boy, if they ask us for our board in advance?

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • I couldn't do a thing like that, and be so cheeky and unconcerned.

  • 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)

  • Mallory he starts in to say that he's sorry for seemin' so cheeky; but that's about all he can say.


    Sewell Ford

  • Dad, however, was not thinking of the waiter or his cheeky manner for the moment.

    Crown and Anchor

    John Conroy Hutcheson

British Dictionary definitions for cheeky


adjective cheekier or cheekiest

disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudenta cheeky child
Derived Formscheekily, adverbcheekiness, 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

Word Origin and History for cheeky

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper