Definition of cheeky in English:



  • 1Showing a lack of respect or politeness in a way that is amusing or appealing:

    ‘a cheeky grin’
    • ‘Jade has a cheeky grin and her eyes sparkle behind her thick-rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘Other tributes refer to Ryan's sense of humour, his cheeky grin and ability to cheer people up.’
    • ‘People who knew him, including his teachers, would describe him as a lovable, cheeky rogue.’
    • ‘She is slightly built and very pretty, with baby blue eyes and a wide, cheeky grin.’
    • ‘Here was I, cheeky Emma Kennedy, about to have to do some proper acting with no laughs attached.’
    • ‘Some of his questions were a bit cheeky, and I applaud you for revealing your income.’
    • ‘I don't know how, but I can tell from his cheeky grin that he's had to change quite a lot.’
    • ‘The fact that the film tries to go back to cheeky black comedy after this is simply baffling.’
    • ‘The impression was of a government dusting itself down and grinning at a cheeky escape.’
    • ‘He sets the cheeky tone of a film that never asks the viewer to take it seriously.’
    • ‘She said she did not feel fearful of speaking to Prince Charles, nor of appearing cheeky in asking for help.’
    • ‘He could be quite cheeky but he was always enthusiastic, and totally dedicated to Sally and Ellie.’
    • ‘He looked at me with a cheeky grin on his face and actually imitated my hobble all the way back to the entrance door.’
    • ‘I suppose it was a bit cheeky of me to draw someone while they were sleeping, but I couldn't resist it.’
    • ‘And they say it will be hard for them to carry on without seeing his cheeky face.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, venturing south for a cheeky weekend away turned out to be a pleasant surprise.’
    • ‘Cara is a lovely, cheeky, normal little girl, and this illness came on so suddenly and has shocked us all.’
    • ‘They have a tremendous sense of perspective and although they may be a bit cheeky with it, they never do arrogance.’
    • ‘Earlier this year we were getting rid of properties after just a week and getting away with cheeky prices.’
    • ‘Yes, I am cheeky, but so far we have relied heavily on the good people of Bolton and they have never let us down.’
    impudent, impertinent, insolent, presumptuous, forward, pert, bold, bold as brass, brazen, brazen-faced, shameless, audacious, overfamiliar, irreverent, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, impolite, bad-mannered, ill-mannered, unmannerly, mannerless, rude, insulting
    brass-necked, cocky, lippy, mouthy, fresh, flip
    saucy, smart-arsed
    sassy, nervy, smart-assed
    malapert, contumelious, presumptive, assumptive
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    1. 1.1informal (of something pleasurable) consumed or done in an unplanned, rather self-indulgent way:
      ‘a cheeky pint’
      ‘venturing south for a cheeky weekend away’