- IPA: /ˈtʃiːki/
cheeky (comparative cheekier, superlative cheekiest)
- (informal) Impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.
- 1899 February, Rudyard Kipling, “The Impressionists”, in Stalky & Co., London: Macmillan & Co., published 1899, [} page 112]:
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- (informal) (of swimwear, underwear, etc.) tending to reveal the cheeks of the buttocks.
- (Australian Aboriginal) Poisonous (of animals such as snakes), dangerous, cunning, violent, potent.
- 1994, Victoria Katherine Burbank, Fighting Women: Anger and Aggression in Aboriginal Australia, Univ of California Press ISBN 9780520083080, page 57
- A death adder is cheeky, a tree snake quiet. Wasps are only cheeky if you hold them in your hand.
- 1995, Richard Shine, Australian Snakes: A Natural History, Cornell University Press ISBN 9780801482618, page 176
- There is no doubt that many have been killed by large elapids, and that Aborigines treat such 'cheeky' snakes (and colubrids of similar appearance) with great respect.
- (informal, UK) Indulged in.Synonyms Translations
- 2009, Amy Huberman, Hello, Heartbreak, Penguin UK ISBN 9780141943237
- Although sometimes I'd award myself a cheeky McDonald's hangover treat if I did well.
- 2010, Richard Herring, How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of., Random House ISBN 9781407031439, page 285
- It was a massive struggle to resist the lure of a cheeky beer, but I held firm.
- 2011, John Donoghue, Police, Crime & 999, Troubador Publishing Ltd ISBN 9781848766853, page 7
- It transpired that Mrs Egg had been cooking dinner when she discovered Mr Singlet making himself a sandwich. I don't know about you but it does seem a little bit naught after she's gone to all that effort. Naughty yes but hardly a crime and certainly not enough to warrant a 999 call. Yet that's what she had done. That's why we had left our own dinner, charged through rush hour traffic, disrupted commuters on their way home – all for a cheeky sandwich.
- 2011, James Goss, Torchwood: First Born, Random House ISBN 9781446417096, page 20
- The great thing was it gave him a little bit of freedom and me the chance to sneak a cheeky nap.
- French: effronté, impertinent, insolent
- German: frech
- Italian: impertinente, sfacciato, sfrontato, impudente
- Portuguese: metido
- Russian: де́рзкий
- Spanish: burlón, pillastre, descarado, pícaro, impertinente, insolente