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"In a video game"[edit]

How is "a cheap way to defeat someone in a video game" any different from "a solution to a problem which doesn't display any skill or elegance"? The video game specific definition of cheesy doesn't seem, to me, to warrant it's own entry. In fact, it appears rather cheesy. —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 23:09, 19 February 2006 (UTC).

"Poor quality"[edit]

Does cheesiness necessarily imply poor quality? I can think of lots of songs that could be described as cheesy despite technical excellence. Also, couldn't "gimmicky" be one of the criteria? 23:00, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

RFV discussion[edit]

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"(informal) of a solution to a problem, inelegant, showing no skill (see brute force method)" "Using an infinite number of monkeys to write television shows is cheesy." Equinox 16:27, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Senses 3 and 4 both seem quite wordy and overly specific. Something like "shabby" or "shoddy" or "of low quality" would seem to cover the usage example and most other usage I am familiar with. DCDuring TALK 19:33, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense removed. —RuakhTALK 19:41, 12 February 2011 (UTC)

RFD discussion: April–June 2015[edit]

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Sense: of or relating to cheese

Is this really distinct from 'resembling, or containing cheese.'? Can we find actual usage that's distinct? Like for example "the cheesy industry" (the industry that produces cheese). Renard Migrant (talk) 21:29, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

The usex there — "This sandwich is full of cheesy goodness." — is a good one. Certainly the goodness doesn't resemble or contain cheese (though the sandwich may): the goodness relates to cheese. (Of course, that's not a cite, but this isn't RFV.) Keep.​—msh210 (talk) 04:05, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Yeah, keep. A cheesy smile / grin (sense 4) seems to have been overlooked though, it doesn't fit in with the other definitions. I think it relates to saying "cheese" for a photographer, but I could be wrong. Oxford says "exaggerated and likely to be insincere" [1]. Donnanz (talk) 10:51, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
    • I don't think sense 4 is distinct from sense 3. A cheesy smile is one that's "overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived". —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 12:14, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
I disagree, they are different senses. Would you call a cheesy smile "of poor quality"? Maybe the definition of sense 3 needs looking at too, part of it may belong to sense 4. Donnanz (talk)
I think "of poor quality" needs to be removed from sense 3. Cheesy songs and movies are not necessarily of poor quality. The Sound of Music is a pretty cheesy movie, but it won five Oscars. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 17:01, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Our interpretations and tastes obviously differ - I happen to like The Sound of Music. Donnanz (talk) 08:14, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
I like it too, but that doesn't mean it isn't cheesy. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 09:17, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
It's not of poor quality. Renard Migrant (talk) 17:13, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
As I said above, I think "of poor quality" needs to be removed from sense 3. —Aɴɢʀ (talk) 18:36, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

No consensus to delete. Definitions might still be improved. bd2412 T 21:36, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

To add to entry[edit]

To add to entry: when did the slang usage first appear? 00:55, 25 August 2016 (UTC)