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    cheeky

    Hi,

    What does 'cheeky' really mean?
    A guy who says "Wow, you have big boobs! Can I touch them?" Does it make him cheeky? Or Would a man who touched a woman's butt be cheeky or simply rude?

    thanks

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    Re: cheeky

    I answer with trepidation because cheeky is mainly BrE, less used in North America and in my opinion different in meaning over here.

    In BrE a guy who says "Wow, you have big boobs! Can I touch them?" is being very cheeky indeed. A man who touched a (strange) woman's butt has probably crossed a line from being merely cheeky to something worse.

    In North America I believe cheeky simply means brash or offensively bold, with no sexual connotation attached.

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    Re: cheeky

    I am not a teacher.

    This "cheeky" is not a word in American English. Many of us are aware of it, but it is British to us. I guess we think it means "impudent". (It's funny how little we know of Canadian usage.)

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    #4

    Re: cheeky

    Could someone be "cheeky" in a lively and attractive way?!

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    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    Could someone be "cheeky" in a lively and attractive way?!
    Yes. A delicate touch would be required. But what a wonderful skill it would be to possess.

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    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    A guy who says "Wow, you have big boobs! Can I touch them?" This would be beyond the boundaries of being cheeky.
    Would a man who touched a woman's butt be cheeky or simply rude? That might have been cheeky fifty years or more ago in certain situations; it would be completely unacceptable today.
    'Cheeky' is hard to define. When a child is told not to be cheeky, (s)he has probably been unacceptably rude or impolite. However, if we speak of a young boy as 'a cheeky lad', we probably find him amusing.

    In the pre-1960 days of censorship of stage acts, some comedians went very close to the mark with risque jokes. One of most most famous was 'The Cheeky Chappie', Max Miller (comedian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    Last edited by 5jj; 26-Feb-2011 at 20:45.

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    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    'Cheeky' is hard to define. When a child is told not to be cheeky, (s)he has probably been unacceptably rude or impolite. However, if we speak of a young boy as 'a cheeky lad', we probably find him amusing.

    In the pre-1960 days of censorship of stage acts, some comedians went very close to the mark with risque jokes. One of most most famous was 'The Cheeky Chappie', Max Miller (comedian) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    RisquÉ jokes?

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    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    RisquÉ jokes?
    pshaw!

    I'm British. Accents are foreign!

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    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    What does 'cheeky' really mean?
    A guy who says "Wow, you have big boobs! Can I touch them?" Does it make him cheeky? Or Would a man who touched a woman's butt be cheeky or simply rude?

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    So i guess 'pervert' is fit to describe a man who touched a woman's butt, right?

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    #10

    Re: cheeky

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    So i I guess 'pervert' is fit to describe a man who touched a woman's butt, right?
    Some would use it, but other would find that word a little strong for behaviour that certain people might consider falls within the bounds of 'normal' male behaviour.

    Ok, OK, I know that many would consider the 'certain people' to be immature male chauvinist pigs, and I am in no way defending this decidedly inappropriate behaviour that most people today, male and female, would consider highly offensive. It would be a sackable offence in most places of employment, and could lead to legal action in many countries, but I do think that 'perverted' is not the right word.

    I am speaking about a brief tap, not a stroke or carress.

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