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cheese +‎ -y


cheesy ‎(comparative cheesier, superlative cheesiest)

  1. Of or relating to cheese.
    This sandwich is full of cheesy goodness.
  2. Resembling, or containing cheese.
    a cheesy flavorcheesy nachos
    I like pizzas with a cheesy crust.
  3. (informal) Overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived.
    a cheesy song;  a cheesy movie
  4. (of a smile or grin) Exaggerated and likely to be forced or insincere.
    • 2008, Jeff Spanke, Second Hand Out (page 86)
      Needless to say, toward the end of Martin's first term, the relationship he once enjoyed with President Waverly had evolved into a slapdash charade of cheap promises and cheesy smiles.
    • 2012, Ginny Felch, Photographing Children Photo Workshop
      There is something about 5- and 6-year-olds that makes them ever-ready to pose with the big, cheesy grin with no provocation.


  • (of poor quality through being overdramatic, excessively emotional or clichéd, trite, contrived, shoddy):, cheeseball, corny, tacky

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