1

cheek

play
noun \ˈchēk\

Definition of cheek

  1. 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. 2 :  something suggestive of the human cheek in position or form; especially :  one of two laterally paired parts

  3. 3 :  insolent boldness and self-assurance

  4. 4 :  buttock 1

cheekful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of cheek in a Sentence

  1. He kissed her on the cheek.

  2. He's got a cheek ignoring us like that.

Recent Examples of cheek from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cheek.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of cheek

Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace; akin to Middle Low German kāke jawbone

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

2

cheek

verb

Definition of cheek

chiefly British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to speak rudely or impudently to

Recent Examples of cheek from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cheek.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of cheek

1840



CHEEK Defined for English Language Learners

cheek

play
noun

Definition of cheek for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHEEK Defined for Kids

cheek

play
noun \ˈchēk\

Definition of cheek for Students

  1. 1 :  the side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth

  2. 2 :  disrespectful speech or behavior He was punished for his cheek.


Medical Dictionary

1

cheek

noun \ˈchēk\

Medical Definition of cheek

  1. 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. 2:  buttock 1


2

cheek

transitive verb

Medical Definition of cheek

  1. :  to conceal (medication) in the cheek for future use On March 29, two days before she committed suicide, the staff found she had been “cheeking medications” to save them for a later overdose …—Michael O'D. Moore, The Bangor (Maine) Daily News, 12 July 2000



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cheek? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

conspicuously offensive

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!