Definition of cheesy in English:



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

    ‘a pungent, cheesy sauce’
    • ‘I eat them and their cheesy sauce with mounds of blandly comforting brown rice, steamed with a cinnamon stick and a couple of cloves.’
    • ‘And the other options are still likely to be fried, roasted, or fried and roasted, and smothered in cheesy or creamy sauce.’
    • ‘Creamy, cheesy sauces are code words for calorie-laden belly-bloaters.’
    • ‘We dispensed with cutlery for this dish as the delicious cheesy sauce was great for dipping bread into.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's obviously not healthy, but the creamy, silky, cheesy, garlicky sauce makes it all worth it.’
    • ‘There's a cheesy edge here and that faint sour-milk taste, too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘She always put yummy things in there that tasted cheesy or creamy or meaty.’
    • ‘My guest was a veggie, who sometimes wishes she wasn't, so she went for the mushrooms in a cheesy, garlicky sauce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The sauce, cheesy and creamy, had just the faintest tang of peppery spiciness to it.’
    • ‘It can give a rich, cheesy taste to an otherwise dull vegetarian soup.’
  • 2informal Cheap and of low quality.

    ‘cheesy motel rooms’
    • ‘At the very least, they limit what you're able to accomplish by offering cheap looking templates and cheesy stock photos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then he talks her into going to a cheesy German hotel room by saying something in German.’
    • ‘However, there's no reason that everything has to look so cheap and cheesy.’
    • ‘This isn't a big budget Hollywood film and as such doesn't try to reach for cheesy CGI effects or cheap scares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And that's not to mention the even more lucrative video market - the natural home for such cheap, and unashamedly cheesy, comedies.’
    • ‘He sent a car to pick me up at the cheesy motel.’
    1. 2.1 Hackneyed and obviously sentimental.
      ‘an album of cheesy pop hits’
      • ‘The music we were playing was aspirational, not kiddie pop, not cheesy Euro-dance, but based more on street culture.’
      • ‘This is cheesy, containing every cliche that we can imagine from 1970s Country.’
      • ‘And it may sound cheesy or corny, but I really remember the movies that I went to see with my whole family.’
      • ‘Ask yourself rather why so many cheesy musicals are big hits now.’
      • ‘They tend to look cheesy and have corny plots that slink toward clichéd payoffs.’
      • ‘I could go on, getting cheesy and sentimental and philosophical about the blog.’
      • ‘Is a good film, although as predictable and cheesy as expected.’
      • ‘That sounds really cheesy and corny, but it's the truth.’
      • ‘There are no cheesy anecdotes or schmaltzy tributes to the place in which he is playing.’
      • ‘Especially if I'm in a cheesy, sentimental, highly hormonal kind of mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are some beautiful moments which are unfortunately much too short, and some cheesy moments stretched by cliché conversation and intrusive music.’
      • ‘It's admittedly cheesy and sentimental but it's important to me because it represented a big emotional closure for me.’
      • ‘The eclectic set dressings and costumes call to mind a hodgepodge of charmingly cheesy pop moments.’
      • ‘I've started a post for this thread two or three times, and what I've written always looks trite, cheesy or embarrassing.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Naturally, mainstream dance culture has responded by going mad for euro trance and cheesy pop dance because, hey, it's fun.’
      • ‘If you can overlook the corny moments and cheesy dialogue, then this has atmosphere and energy to spare.’
      • ‘I remember thinking it was cute and cheesy, just like a theme park.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘Gone are the inane card tricks, the cheesy smiles and the frilly assistants.’
      • ‘She gave me a thumbs-up sign and a cheesy smile, effectively causing me to laugh.’
      • ‘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 had a cheesy smile on her face as she walked towards the three girls.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's just the cheesy smile on the participants' faces as they surface which gets to me!’
      • ‘Caroline tried to lighten the tense situation with a cheesy smile.’
      • ‘He looked about as surprised as I was but then he gave me this really cheesy smile and I broke out laughing.’
      • ‘Tony's blue eyes lit up and he smiled a big cheesy smile.’
      • ‘‘You'll be thanking me later,’ Lisa chipped in grinning a cheesy smile.’
      • ‘I hated people with big cheesy smiles - it was so annoying.’
      • ‘I had a cheesy smile scrawled on my face and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside.’
      • ‘He looked up at her and smiled a cheesy smile, making Emily uneasy.’
      • ‘They both nod with these ridiculously cheesy smiles.’
      • ‘It features a picture of her with a cheesy smile and a low-cut dress.’
      • ‘Miguel smiled widely, she called it a cheesy grin at times, but he smiled.’
      • ‘‘You can be taught by the master… free of charge,’ he said sarcastically with a cheesy game show smile.’
      • ‘Apparently he must have seen the cheesy smile on my face since he was just in front of me.’
      • ‘The whiter-than-white Hollywood smile is now considered cheesy.’