A Cheeky Word

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, insolentimpertinent, cocky or ill-behaved (well maybe a little cocky)…uncivil…disrespectfulinsubordinate, 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.   🙂


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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27 Responses to A Cheeky Word

  1. Coyote from Orion says:

    Someone once described a bloke to me as rambunctious. I just thought he was a guy with money who couldn’t find and had an over developed sense of confidence. What brought the matter up for me telling her that the guy was what she said was rambunctious was his need to get inside my personal space. Usually such men progress from something cheeky or rambunctious to… oh yeah, that wanker. I guess they end up going and pursuing their hobby of patting and lecturing feral tom cats.

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  2. micklively says:

    Maeve is often called “Cheeky Face”. She has that mischievous twinkle in her eye, rather like Audrey Tautou.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Whenever I hear or think of the word ‘cheeky’ I picture a man from the 30s or 40s wearing a monocle. In the old movies ‘cheeky’ always seemed to reference an impudent male and was uttered by a pigeon breasted matron.

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  4. Cheeky is such a cultured sounding word. I can’t imagine anyone in a redneck bar, for instance, using it. I wonder how the idea of “cheek” got associated with cockiness or rudeness though.

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  5. George says:

    So do you like cheeky or find it a distraction?

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  6. Gail says:

    I am now one word wiser 🙂


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