adj. chees·i·er, chees·i·est
1. Containing or resembling cheese.
a. Of poor quality; shoddy: a movie with cheesy special effects.
b. Vulgarly pretentious or sentimental: a cheesy romantic comedy.
[Sense 2b, possibly partly from earlier cheesy, showy, from CHEESE3.]
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