Cheeky etymology


English word cheeky comes from English -y, English cheek

Etymology of cheeky

Detailed word origin of cheeky

Dictionary entry Language Definition
-y English (en) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
cheek English (en) To be impudent towards. (anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.. (anatomy, informal, usually, in the plural) A buttock.. (biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.. (in plural) The branches of a bridle bit.. (informal, uncountable) Impudence.. (metalworking) The middle [...]
cheeky English (en) (Australian Aboriginal) Poisonous (of animals such as snakes), dangerous, cunning, violent, potent.. (informal) Impudent; impertinent; impertinently bold, often in a way that is regarded as endearing or amusing.. (informal, UK) Indulged in.

Words with the same origin as cheeky

Descendants of -y

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