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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The smile that launched a career Fans of television presenter Michaela Strachan love her famous cheeky grin.
▪ But her mouth twitched in reply to his cheeky grin, and she sighed, visibly letting go some of her tension.
lucky/lazy/cheeky etc beggar
▪ I've been stood out there ages! - Anyway, why aren't you dressed yet, you lazy beggar?
▪ I don't like teaching that class - the kids are all so cheeky.
▪ What do you mean, I'm fat? You cheeky devil!
▪ And doesn't she look cheeky in those figure-hugging pants.
▪ Behind his fabulous trumpet playing and cheeky alleged humour there's an intelligent, alert, artful mind at work.
▪ He tried talking but the teachers wouldn't listen and thought he was repeating words like a parrot or just being cheeky.
▪ In the morning she had poached a short and cheeky interview with the woman just elected to head the Conservative Party.
▪ The cheeky thieves replaced the photos with a Dot Cotton ashtray.
▪ The anger that once greeted Clinton from opponents, and the cheeky irreverence even from sympathizers, may be receding.
▪ The smile that launched a career Fans of television presenter Michaela Strachan love her famous cheeky grin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cheeky \Cheek"y\, a Brazen-faced; impudent; bold. [Slang.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1859, from cheek in its sense of "insolence" + -y (2). Related: Cheekily; cheekiness.


a. 1 (context informal English) impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing. 2 (context informal UK of food and drink English) Eaten or drunk as an indulgence.

  1. adj. offensively bold; "a brash newcomer disputed the age-old rules for admission to the club"; "a nervy thing to say" [syn: brash, nervy]

  2. [also: cheekiest, cheekier]

Cheeky (Boniface song)

"Cheeky" is a song by English singer-songwriter BoniFace, which peaked at number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. The track remained in the chart for 3 weeks.

Usage examples of "cheeky".

He is all soft contours, a half-head of Afro hair, roundly sculpted, and a beard trimmed close to a broad cheeky face.

She bobbed a cheeky curtsey to me, then took my hand and led me without a word to the cool, dark stillroom where the barrels of beer were stacked and there reached up and placed a soft kiss upon my mouth.

Sorgren slipped in between me and Usara, helping himself to the last of my wine with a cheeky grin.

Tossing the end of his cigarette in the direction of the cheeky urchin, he settled himself again in the arm-chair before the glowing grate-fire.

Yet her cheeky insolence never crossed the frontier where it could be resented.

Though she knew he would get Georgie into trouble one day, she realised why her friend was drawn to him because, in spite of her fears for Georgie, she herself had taken an instinctive liking to this cheeky fellow.

She merely dismissed the subject with a cheeky wink before departing to get ready for her date.

It took a while before Harry realised who talked in a cheeky voice, interspersed with swear words and a warped sense of humour.

I would rather be on my own, but I had strict orders from mother never to be cheeky, not to anyone, but particularly not to Aunt Phyllis.

The white pig was continually grunting and chuckling to herself, and whenever she saw Taran, she would raise her wide, cheeky face so that he could scratch under her chin.

She had it, but her hands were pretty formidable, right up to the end, or at least they were when she gave me a good slap for being cheeky the morning before she died.

It is Sonny, the headwaiter, the cheeky baboon who has been after her from the day they arrived.

She can see that Sonny would run after the car if he could, that he would jump onto the bumper and go all the way to town with them, the cheeky baboon.

When Maude asks who is phoning, the girl only gets cheeky, telling her to mind her own beeswax.

Such is the demented nature of the universe that I was too weak to properly respond to my being hit on by carloads of Betties and Veronicasall except for the cheeky Cheryl Anderson who gave me 'manual release' the day I lost my eyebrows, followed by a flood of tears and the snapping of Polaroids in which I wear a knit toque.