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.
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.
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.
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.
- cheek·i·ly, adverb
- cheek·i·ness, noun
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How to use cheeky in a sentence
This includes the radically redesigned Kia Sorento, a midsize crossover that blends the burly styling of a full-size Telluride with the cheeky curves of a compact Sportage.
A cleverer show might have been able to bridge the gap between these two options, using more than just cheeky string quartets and a missing prince to signal its intentions toward historical accuracy.
The essay, which has been reprinted in collections of Kael’s work, was titled “Raising Kane” — a cheeky reference to the idiom “raising Cain,” which means to cause a ruckus or raise hell.The tangled history behind David Fincher’s Mank — and its link to Citizen Kane — explained | Alissa Wilkinson | December 4, 2020 | Vox
Among the deaf cast members, Ahmed’s sign name was a variation on “f---up,” a cheeky nod to his learning curve.Riz Ahmed knows his worth. With the gut-wrenching ‘Sound of Metal,’ he ensures you do, too. | Sonia Rao | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
Now, like a cheeky photo bomber, Apple’s orb bobs in the marina and uses Safdie’s towers as dramatic backdrop.Apple’s ‘most ambitious’ new store is a departure from its signature design | claychandler | September 8, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
They convey clearly, in a cheeky, campy kind of way, what the site is all about— getting the lowest price possible.
The nice new house was expecting them, and a cheeky, pimply German page-boy took their packages up.The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
Her nose was quite four inches higher in the air by the end of the season, in fact she presented the most cheeky appearance.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2 | Various
Some of our new men have the manners of a cheeky young chawbacon on a gate.
It's awfully interesting, because we work in the Huns' front-yard in a way, and it seems so cheeky somehow.The Story of Our Submarines | John Graham Bower
He had leaned his arms upon the table, and now he smiled up at her like a mischievous, cheeky school‑boy.The Silver Butterfly | Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
British Dictionary definitions for cheeky
disrespectful in speech or behaviour; impudent: a cheeky child
- cheekily, adverb
- cheekiness, noun
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