cheeky

[ chee-kee ]
/ ˈtʃi ki /

adjective, cheek·i·er, cheek·i·est.

impudent; insolent: a cheeky fellow; cheeky behavior.

Nearby words

  1. cheekbone,
  2. cheeked,
  3. cheekpiece,
  4. cheeks,
  5. cheektowaga,
  6. cheep,
  7. cheer,
  8. cheer on,
  9. cheer up,
  10. cheerer-upper

Origin of cheeky

First recorded in 1855–60; cheek + -y1

Related formscheek·i·ly, adverbcheek·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for cheeky

cheeky

/ (ˈtʃiːkɪ) /

adjective cheekier or cheekiest

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

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Word Origin and History for cheeky

cheeky

adj.

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

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