cheeky

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From cheek +‎ -y.

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cheeky (comparative cheekier, superlative cheekiest)

  1. (informal) Impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.
    • 1899, Rudyard Kipling, Stalky & Co., chaper 4:
      "Shut up," said Harrison. "You chaps always behave as if you were jawin' us when we come to jaw you."
      "You're a lot too cheeky," said Craye.
    • 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, The Swoop! or How Clarence Saved England, chaper 7:
      The Young Turks, as might have been expected, wrote in their customary flippant, cheeky style.
  2. (informal, UK, of food and drink) Eaten or drunk as an indulgence.
    • 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.

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