Pronunciation Adjective

cheesy (comparative cheesier, superlative cheesiest)

  1. (informal) Overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived.
    a cheesy song;  a cheesy movie
    • 2010, Michael Clarkson, The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love, Toronto: ECW Press, Chapter Four, p. 54,
      Another night, when the local entertainers had gone home, Gould went into the empty lounge to play piano with a cheesy string of colored lights overhead and bongo drums at his side.
  2. Of or relating to cheese.
    This sandwich is full of cheesy goodness.
  3. Resembling or containing cheese.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part One, Chapter 8,
      He pushed open the door, and a hideous cheesy smell of sour beer hit him in the face.
    • 2005, Thomas Mann, Joseph and His Brothers, translated by John E. Woods, New York: Everyman's Library, "Joseph in Egypt," Part 3, p. 633,
      He saw skin of every shade, from obsidian black through all the stages of brown and yellow to cheesy white, he even saw yellow hair and azure-colored eyes, faces and garments of every cut—he saw humanity.
    a cheesy flavor;  cheesy nachos
    I like pizzas with a cheesy crust.
  4. (informal) Cheap, of poor quality.
    • 1968, Hermann Hesse, Beneath the Wheel, translated by Michael Roloff, Bantam Books, 1970, Chapter One, p. 30,
      He would be apprenticed to some cheesy shop or become a clerk in an office and his entire life he would be one of the ordinary poor people, whom he despised and wanted to surpass.
    • 1977, Allen Ginsberg, Journals: Early Fifties, Early Sixties, edited by Gordon Ball, New York: Grove Press, "June 17, 1952," p. 19,
      I tagged along behind this culturally accomplished beast intelligence in my scuffed handmedown shoes, unpressed illfitting post adolescent suit, dirt ringed shirt and cheesy tie, hair askew and book underarm, perspiring perhaps.
  5. (of a smile or grin) Exaggerated and likely to be forced or insincere.
  • (overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived, shoddy) cheeseball, corny, tacky
Translations Translations
  • French: fromageux
  • Italian: caseoso
  • Russian: творо́жистый
  • Spanish: caseoso
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