Definition of cheesy in English:



  • 1Like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency.

    ‘a pungent, cheesy sauce’
    • ‘The sauce, cheesy and creamy, had just the faintest tang of peppery spiciness to it.’
    • ‘The ravioli are filled with a blend of soft ricotta and sharp Gorgonzola, in spinach pasta, and they're bathed in a cheesy sauce with blue cheese.’
    • ‘I stupidly didn't think to get the stuff to make the cheesy sauce that goes into a lasagne so just filled it with cheese and hoped it would be OK.’
    • ‘It can give a rich, cheesy taste to an otherwise dull vegetarian soup.’
    • ‘Creamy, cheesy sauces are code words for calorie-laden belly-bloaters.’
    • ‘In a bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, cream and some pepper and cheese (add one or two tablespoonfuls, depending on whether you want a pronounced cheesy flavour or not).’
    • ‘I eat them and their cheesy sauce with mounds of blandly comforting brown rice, steamed with a cinnamon stick and a couple of cloves.’
    • ‘She always put yummy things in there that tasted cheesy or creamy or meaty.’
    • ‘I have to confess that there wasn't any obvious sign of avocado in the seafood bake, but a firm, cheesy sauce and a huge array of seafood made for an incredibly satisfying starter.’
    • ‘The sad fact is that when it is two-pairs-of-socks weather, the body demands shepherd's pie with cheesy mash, sticky toffee pudding and two cups of strong coffee in a loud, insistent voice.’
    • ‘There's a cheesy edge here and that faint sour-milk taste, too.’
    • ‘The cheddar mash had no overtly cheesy taste but was rich and creamy and the dish was served with a thick onion gravy, dotted with baby onions.’
    • ‘Our dinner begins with a few nibbles: chips with olive and citric acid; lemon tempura with liquorice; and the most divine cheesy bread I have ever tasted.’
    • ‘The pages were dry and wan, the classic sign of a cheaply made book, and it was rough on the hands, a cheesy smell still lingering some years on.’
    • ‘It's obviously not healthy, but the creamy, silky, cheesy, garlicky sauce makes it all worth it.’
    • ‘My guest was a veggie, who sometimes wishes she wasn't, so she went for the mushrooms in a cheesy, garlicky sauce.’
    • ‘And the other options are still likely to be fried, roasted, or fried and roasted, and smothered in cheesy or creamy sauce.’
    • ‘We dispensed with cutlery for this dish as the delicious cheesy sauce was great for dipping bread into.’
  • 2informal Cheap and of low quality.

    ‘cheesy motel rooms’
    • ‘The story manages to rise above some of its cheap and cheesy production techniques to reach its redemptive twist of an ending.’
    • ‘I do not want Cordelia getting emotional reassurance from a cheesy, cheap, plastic phone.’
    • ‘He sent a car to pick me up at the cheesy motel.’
    • ‘At the very least, they limit what you're able to accomplish by offering cheap looking templates and cheesy stock photos.’
    • ‘But then he talks her into going to a cheesy German hotel room by saying something in German.’
    • ‘I've seen people invest hundreds of dollars on a state-of-the-art graphics board, and then connect a cheap and cheesy monitor to their system.’
    • ‘And that's not to mention the even more lucrative video market - the natural home for such cheap, and unashamedly cheesy, comedies.’
    • ‘However, there's no reason that everything has to look so cheap and cheesy.’
    • ‘I'm leaving for Tampa tomorrow to hang out with Florida friends and see the Pixies and ride roller coasters and stay at a cheesy hotel.’
    • ‘This isn't a big budget Hollywood film and as such doesn't try to reach for cheesy CGI effects or cheap scares.’
    1. 2.1 Hackneyed and obviously sentimental.
      ‘an album of cheesy pop hits’
      • ‘Naturally, mainstream dance culture has responded by going mad for euro trance and cheesy pop dance because, hey, it's fun.’
      • ‘The eclectic set dressings and costumes call to mind a hodgepodge of charmingly cheesy pop moments.’
      • ‘They tend to look cheesy and have corny plots that slink toward clichéd payoffs.’
      • ‘It's just so cheesy, corny, and clichéd you can't help but like the good old-fashioned story of the underdog overcoming the odds.’
      • ‘Is a good film, although as predictable and cheesy as expected.’
      • ‘There are no cheesy anecdotes or schmaltzy tributes to the place in which he is playing.’
      • ‘That sounds really cheesy and corny, but it's the truth.’
      • ‘This is cheesy, containing every cliche that we can imagine from 1970s Country.’
      • ‘I've started a post for this thread two or three times, and what I've written always looks trite, cheesy or embarrassing.’
      • ‘And it may sound cheesy or corny, but I really remember the movies that I went to see with my whole family.’
      • ‘However, once he'd played all the tracks on the list he launched into a mixture of cheesy pop and music from the 1980's.’
      • ‘I could go on, getting cheesy and sentimental and philosophical about the blog.’
      • ‘Ask yourself rather why so many cheesy musicals are big hits now.’
      • ‘There are some beautiful moments which are unfortunately much too short, and some cheesy moments stretched by cliché conversation and intrusive music.’
      • ‘‘I know it sounds cliche and cheesy, but I really believe that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be,’ she said.’
      • ‘I remember thinking it was cute and cheesy, just like a theme park.’
      • ‘Especially if I'm in a cheesy, sentimental, highly hormonal kind of mood.’
      • ‘The music we were playing was aspirational, not kiddie pop, not cheesy Euro-dance, but based more on street culture.’
      • ‘It's admittedly cheesy and sentimental but it's important to me because it represented a big emotional closure for me.’
      • ‘If you can overlook the corny moments and cheesy dialogue, then this has atmosphere and energy to spare.’
      banal, trite, hackneyed, commonplace, clichéd, predictable, stereotyped, platitudinous, inane, fatuous, vapid, jejune, weak, feeble, tired, stale, overworked, overused, well worn
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    2. 2.2 (of a smile) exaggerated and likely to be insincere.
      ‘a cheesy grin’
      • ‘He looked about as surprised as I was but then he gave me this really cheesy smile and I broke out laughing.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's just the cheesy smile on the participants' faces as they surface which gets to me!’
      • ‘He looked up at her and smiled a cheesy smile, making Emily uneasy.’
      • ‘It features a picture of her with a cheesy smile and a low-cut dress.’
      • ‘They both nod with these ridiculously cheesy smiles.’
      • ‘I had a cheesy smile scrawled on my face and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.’
      • ‘Miguel smiled widely, she called it a cheesy grin at times, but he smiled.’
      • ‘Apparently he must have seen the cheesy smile on my face since he was just in front of me.’
      • ‘‘You can be taught by the master… free of charge,’ he said sarcastically with a cheesy game show smile.’
      • ‘I hated people with big cheesy smiles - it was so annoying.’
      • ‘She had a cheesy smile on her face as she walked towards the three girls.’
      • ‘‘You'll be thanking me later,’ Lisa chipped in grinning a cheesy smile.’
      • ‘The whiter-than-white Hollywood smile is now considered cheesy.’
      • ‘Tony's blue eyes lit up and he smiled a big cheesy smile.’
      • ‘She gave a cheesy smile and started flirting shamelessly.’
      • ‘He shot her a cheesy smile and then quickly glanced in the rear-view mirror.’
      • ‘Looking closer at the photographs he saw a picture of himself smiling one of those cheesy grins he always put on for photos.’
      • ‘She gave me a thumbs-up sign and a cheesy smile, effectively causing me to laugh.’
      • ‘Caroline tried to lighten the tense situation with a cheesy smile.’
      • ‘Gone are the inane card tricks, the cheesy smiles and the frilly assistants.’