cheesy (adj.) "cheese-like," late 14c., from CHEESE (Cf. cheese) (n.1) + -Y (Cf. -y) (2). Meaning "cheap, inferior" is attested from 1896, originally as U.S. student slang, along with cheese (n.) "an ignorant, stupid person." In late 19c. British slang, cheesy was "fine, showy," and some suggest the modern use is an ironic reversal. Or it might be from or influenced by CHEESE (Cf. cheese) (n.2). The word was in common use in medical writing in the late 19c. to describe morbid substances found in tubers, decaying flesh, etc. Cheesed "disgruntled, exasperated," is from 1941, British slang, but the connection is uncertain.

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