Definition of cheesy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃiːzi/

adjective (cheesier, cheesiest)

1Like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency: a pungent, cheesy sauce
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  • The cheddar mash had no overtly cheesy taste but was rich and creamy and the dish was served with a thick onion gravy, dotted with baby onions.
  • It can give a rich, cheesy taste to an otherwise dull vegetarian soup.
  • She always put yummy things in there that tasted cheesy or creamy or meaty.
2 informal Cheap and of low quality: cheesy motel rooms
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  • I do not want Cordelia getting emotional reassurance from a cheesy, cheap, plastic phone.
  • I've seen people invest hundreds of dollars on a state-of-the-art graphics board, and then connect a cheap and cheesy monitor to their system.
  • And that's not to mention the even more lucrative video market - the natural home for such cheap, and unashamedly cheesy, comedies.
2.1Hackneyed and obviously sentimental: an album of cheesy pop hits
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  • I could go on, getting cheesy and sentimental and philosophical about the blog.
  • Naturally, mainstream dance culture has responded by going mad for euro trance and cheesy pop dance because, hey, it's fun.
  • The music we were playing was aspirational, not kiddie pop, not cheesy Euro-dance, but based more on street culture.
2.2(Of a smile) exaggerated and likely to be insincere: a cheesy grin
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  • It features a picture of her with a cheesy smile and a low-cut dress.
  • Gone are the inane card tricks, the cheesy smiles and the frilly assistants.
  • Perhaps it's just the cheesy smile on the participants' faces as they surface which gets to me!



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  • But the overall album is either cheesily overproduced or simply too lo-fi.
  • He flexed his arm muscles and grinned cheesily.
  • "Well the best of luck to both of you," she said, smiling cheesily.


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  • I'd rather see her with someone who appreciates her goofiness and cheesiness than someone who finds it annoying and wants to change her.
  • I had to laugh inwardly at my own dramatic cheesiness.
  • There's something about their exuberant cheesiness that, quite frankly, disgusts me.

Words that rhyme with cheesy

breezy, easy, easy-peasy, Kesey, Parcheesi, queasy, sleazy, wheezy, Zambezi

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