- 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 cheesy
It's cheesy and ludicrous and, therefore, delightful; it's the reading equivalent of hate-watching.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
He was grabbing my hips and he was pouring with perspiration and he had this cheesy smile.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
Our hopes have gotten so cheesy that even the cheese is ersatz.Tina Brown: Why Kim Kardashian Isn’t ‘Aspirational'
April 1, 2014
A cheesy slice of heaven tastes great, but how does it feel?Pizza Might Be Your Enemy
March 9, 2014
Its eighties music is so cheesy and the struggle is so real.The Best Celebrity Cameos in Super Bowl Ads
February 2, 2014
The bread was sour and the Italian butter rank and cheesy—often uneatable.Samuel Butler: A Sketch
Henry Festing Jones
In either event, so Cheesy was assured, he, could have his wish gratified.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
It goes through the hamper, and gives a cheesy flavour to everything else there.Three Men in a Boat
Jerome K. Jerome
It is a white, cheesy material, with a slight flavor of tallow.
Cheesy is the best fellow in the world in some respects, but he cannot bring himself to speak well of a fellow behind his back.Can You Forgive Her?
- 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 cheesy
"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.