Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impertinently bold; impudent and saucy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Impudent; impertinent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a Brazen-faced; impudent; bold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impudent; brazen-faced; presumptuous; self-confident: as, he is a cheeky little fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offensively bold

Etymologies

From cheek +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He's been called -- i've heard the term cheeky used.

    CNN Transcript Mar 16, 2005

  • "Nothing at all, captain, only that I have my eye on them; and I've been thinking that they must somehow or another have held communication outside; and I don't like it, for those people don't get what we call cheeky without cause."

    Begumbagh A Tale of the Indian Mutiny

  • A reformed professional librarian, she also owns several hamsters and has been known to engage in cheeky cross-stitching.

    The Consumerist: March 2009 Archives

  • What struck some as shameful about the movie eight years ago, and might seem especially irresponsible now, if it weren't so cheeky, is that the threat of a nuclear holocaust is a McGuffin — a device to keep the characters running from place to place in what is really a bedroom farce.

    Ready for Action

  • I think the song's by someone called cheeky git, but its pretty funny talking about Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Frank Lampard.

    WN.com - Articles related to Interview: Vanessa Perroncel

  • I think the song's by someone called cheeky git, but its pretty funny talking about Wayne

    WN.com - Articles related to Interview: Vanessa Perroncel

  • The expression is also used when someone is being what I would call 'cheeky' - that is, being presumptuous or expecting too much, for instance:

    Can a duck swim?

  • It would have been very impertinent -- what English people would call 'cheeky' -- of me to do such

    The Chink in the Armour

  • You've got to love his cockiness, especially when there's so little basis for it: In Case You Didn't Know is an unapologetically lightweight product by a chappie born to be labelled "cheeky", and that's about the size of it.

    Olly Murs: In Case You Didn't Know – review

  • Secondly: an ever increasing indifference towards severe, noble and conscientious schooling in the service of art, and in its place the belief in genius, or in plain English, cheeky dilettantism (— the formula for this is to be found in the

    The Case Of Wagner, Nietzsche Contra Wagner, and Selected Aphorisms.

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  • I love this word. cheeky monkey is pretty cool too.

    December 8, 2009

  • It may be offensively bold, but it's supposed to be in an endearing way. I absolutely looove this word. Tell me I'm cheeky and my heart would melt.

    July 12, 2008