Meaning of “cheeky” in the English Dictionary

"cheeky" in British English

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cheekyadjective

uk /ˈtʃiː.ki/ us /ˈtʃiː.ki/ UK

B2 slightly rude or showing no respect, but often in a funny way:

She's got such a cheeky grin.
Don't be so cheeky!

UK informal humorous used to describe something that you eat, drink, or do, especially when this is done quickly, without planning, or when you should not really do it:

We just went outside for a cheeky cigarette.

More examples

  • You're a cheeky little miss! Apologize at once.
  • Children who talk back are regarded as cheeky and disrespectful.
  • Come here, you cheeky little tyke!
  • Don't be cheeky to your mother, please!
cheekily
adverb uk /ˈtʃiː.kəl.i/ us /ˈtʃiː.kəl.i/
cheekiness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtʃiː.ki.nəs/ us /ˈtʃiː.ki.nəs/

(Definition of “cheeky” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)