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1cheek

noun \ˈchēk\

: the part of the face that is below the eye and to the side of the nose and mouth

: an attitude or way of behaving that is rude and does not show proper respect

: one of the two parts of the body that a person sits on

Full Definition of CHEEK

1
:  the fleshy side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth; broadly :  the lateral aspect of the head
2
:  something suggestive of the human cheek in position or form; especially :  one of two laterally paired parts
3
:  insolent boldness and self-assurance
4
:  buttock 1
cheek·ful \-ˌfl\ noun

Examples of CHEEK

  1. He kissed her on the cheek.
  2. He's got a cheek ignoring us like that.

Origin of CHEEK

Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace; akin to Middle Low German kāke jawbone
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of CHEEK

temerity, audacity, hardihood, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall, chutzpah mean conspicuous or flagrant boldness. temerity suggests boldness arising from rashness and contempt of danger <had the temerity to refuse>. audacity implies a disregard of restraints commonly imposed by convention or prudence <an entrepreneur with audacity and vision>. hardihood suggests firmness in daring and defiance <admired for her hardihood>. effrontery implies shameless, insolent disregard of propriety or courtesy <outraged at his effrontery>. nerve, cheek, gall, and chutzpah are informal equivalents for effrontery <the nerve of that guy> <has the cheek to call herself a singer> <had the gall to demand proof> <the chutzpah needed for a career in show business>.

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2cheek

verb

Definition of CHEEK

transitive verb
chiefly British
:  to speak rudely or impudently to

First Known Use of CHEEK

1840
CHEEKFUL Defined for Kids

cheek

noun \ˈchēk\

Definition of CHEEK for Kids

1
:  the side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth
2
:  disrespectful speech or behavior <He was punished for his cheek.>
Medical Dictionary

cheek

noun \ˈchēk\

Medical Definition of CHEEK

1
:  the fleshy side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth; broadly :  the lateral aspect of the head
2
:  buttock 1

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