While speaking with a friend, she called a guy we both know, cheeky. So not to display my ignorance, rather than ask it’s meaning, I came home to do research.
Cheeky, an adjective…
impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way: a cheeky grin.
Hmm, Gus, I’ll call him, certainly falls within these parameters, though endearing and amusing somehow alludes him. To be truthful, he’s a bid stuffy in my opinion. A Harvard grad wearing his scroll on his sleeve, I’ve often wondered, if he had anything else to offer a little less dull and tweedy.
Teddy Roosevelt went to Harvard, and look how interesting he was.
T.R. wasn’t at all, insolent, impertinent, cocky or ill-behaved (well maybe a little cocky)…uncivil…disrespectful, insubordinate, let alone rude, all synonyms for cheeky.
Neither was he brash, brazen or bumptious, which means overbearing, though Edith, his wife, may have disagreed…nor ungracious, discourteous, and certainly, not a bore.
But back to Gus.
If the shoe fits kemosabe.
It’s a great word, cheeky, the way it rolls off your tongue, it’s Y extended at will. When Tabitha used it, yes, that’s her name, Tabby for short…she made the most of it.
“Gus is so, so cheek-EEE, if you know what I mean?”
I didn’t then, but do now. 🙂