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This is an important word and nobody has it right yet. What it means is: Trying too hard, unsubtle, and inauthentic.
Specifically that which is unsubtle or inauthentic in its way of trying to elicit a certain response from a viewer, listener, audience, etc. Celine Dion is cheesy because her lyrics, timbre, key changes, and swelling orchestral accompaniment telegraph 'i want you to be moved' instead of moving you. Gold chains on an exposed hairy chest are cheesy because they shout out: "I have money and I am manly" instead of impressing a woman in a more subtle way, or allowing a woman to form her own judgments. The excessive showing off suggests he's compensating for what he does not have--i.e., he's actually poor, insecure, or short with an inferiority complex. Cliches are often cheesy because they are an obvious and artless way of making a point. A movie might be cheesy if it contains 'on the nose' dialogue, like "I can't live without you" or "You had me at hello."
Cheesiness is subjective. What seems cheesy to me, may be a legitimate and attractive hairstyle to you. What seems cheesy to me, may cause you to weep and hug your girlfriend tight.
by redhen February 07, 2007
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Something that is overly cute, sweet, sentimental. In a positive way, yet over the top or trying too hard.
Allen wants to go on a gondola ride on the river with his friend Ariana and sing to her as well. He thought it might sound too cheesy but he suggested it anyway.
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Sentimental and/or dramatic, yet superficial and unconvincing.

The word cheesy is often defined simply as "sentimental", but there is a key distinction between the two. A situation is cheesy when the characters, their motives, and/or their emotions are not believable. It is a sentimental moment (it could be extremely sad or happy), but there is a weak connection to the characters or their situation, thus making it cheesy.

Many people confuse the two, and it is a matter of opinion to a certain degree, but things can be sentimental, emotional, or dramatic without being cheesy.
The Blind Side is so cheesy, it's just one scene after another of overly dramatic and sentimental mush without any significant character development.
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forexample using phrases when hitting on a girl at a "club" saying:
did it hurt when u fell from heaven?

(i like cheesy stuff like that :)
by Stuffs like that. December 12, 2013
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forexample using phrases when hitting on a girl at a "club" saying:
-did it hurt when you fell from heaven?

(i like cheesy stuff like that :)
by Stuffs like that. December 15, 2013
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