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adjective cheeky pronunciation in British English /ˈtʃiːki/
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  1. 1
    behaving in a way that does not show respect, especially towards someone who is older or more important

    You’re a cheeky little boy!

    1. a.
      showing a lack of respect, but in a way that seems lively and attractive rather than rude

      a cheeky grin/look

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    used to describe an unexpected or unscheduled pleasure

    Fancy a cheeky pint after work?

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 29/05/2015

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