- of or like cheese: a cheesy aroma; a cheesy taste.
- Slang. inferior or cheap; chintzy: The movie's special effects are cheesy and unconvincing.
Origin of cheesy
Examples from the Web for cheesiness
For it to have a bit of cheesiness, and I agree that it does, is expected.‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Fight Over Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
Ramin Setoodeh, Maria Elena Fernandez
July 6, 2012
However, Nic is so distracted by the movie's cheesiness—and her own repressed nature—that she can't seem to enjoy the moment.10 Steamiest Lesbian Sex Scenes
December 1, 2010
Closeness or cheesiness are danger signals, warnings of lack of fermentation,—so is a slate-coloured interior.Cocoa and Chocolate
Arthur W. Knapp
- like cheese in flavour, smell, or consistency
- informal (of a smile) broad but possibly insincerea big cheesy grin
- informal banal or trite; in poor taste
Word Origin and History for cheesiness
"cheese-like," late 14c., from cheese (n.1) + -y (2). Meaning "cheap, inferior" is attested from 1896, perhaps originally U.S. student slang, along with cheese (n.) "an ignorant, stupid person." In late 19c. British slang, cheesy was "fine, showy" (1858), probably from cheese (n.2) and some suggest the modern derogatory use is an "ironic reversal" of this. The word was in common use in medical writing in the late 19c. to describe morbid substances found in tubers, decaying flesh, etc.