cheek

noun
\ ˈchēk How to pronounce cheek (audio) \

Definition of cheek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cheek

verb
cheeked; cheeking; cheeks

Definition of cheek (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to speak rudely or impudently to

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Other Words from cheek

Noun

cheekful \ ˈchēk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce cheekful (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of cheek in a Sentence

Noun He kissed her on the cheek. He's got a cheek ignoring us like that.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The complications are ludicrous, but the movie navigates them with cheek and verve, and the jokes land with surprising consistency. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 15 Aug. 2019 The complications are ludicrous, but the movie navigates them with cheek and verve, and the jokes land with surprising consistency. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Exuberantly silly ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2' flies higher than the first," 12 Aug. 2019 There was the teenage barman Mikey Reilly with his pink cheeks and sawdust crew cut. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 My baby was asleep, strapped into a carrier with his perfect little cheeks sweating against my chest. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Stepping in to help — how could it be a misstep?," 12 June 2019 Natural makeup with rosy cheeks and glowing skin was the finishing touch to her laidback look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore a Missoni Ball Gown and Looked So Chic," 10 June 2019 Exercises that increase the fullness of the cheeks will make the whole face appear firmer and fresh. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Beware a dryer fire!," 12 Sep. 2019 It can be used as a color corrector for under eye circles, as a blush on the cheeks or as a lip tint with super buildable coverage. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "11 amazing items to make life easier — created by and for working moms," 14 Aug. 2019 The makeup on Euphoria may be ever-changing, but the initials AT and the tiny diamond that top the cheeks of Ashtray are a major constant. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Euphoria's Head Makeup Artist Shares Why You've Never Seen Makeup on Television Like This Before," 20 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meris Carmichael wants to lure the rain to Arizona in a tongue-and-cheek way. Felicia Fonseca, chicagotribune.com, "People across Southwest long for seasonal rainstorms," 30 Aug. 2019 Hides from cows, which are lower quality than those of steers, have fallen to only about 5% of the value of all byproducts — worth less than tongues and cheek meat. Los Angeles Times, "America is obsessed with beef. But it has no use for hides, so leather prices plunge," 19 Aug. 2019 Hides from cows, which are lower quality than those of steers, have fallen to only about 5% of the value of all byproducts—worth less than tongues and cheek meat. Lydia Mulvany, Fortune, "There’s a Cowhide Glut, As Americans Devour Beef and Leather Falls Out of Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 Three years later, with apartment buildings now cheek-by-jowl with the club, those same residents, joined by dozens more, raised concerns in emails and public meetings about potential noise from the roof. Alan Neuhauser, Washington Post, "A D.C. strip club reopens to a changed neighborhood — of high-end condos and artisanal toast," 25 June 2018 Called Casting Couch, the piece depicts a paunchy, stubble-cheeked Weinstein seated on a chaise lounge in silk pajamas. Gwynedd Stuart, Los Angeles Magazine, "How That Sculpture of Harvey Weinstein That Was Planted in Hollywood Got Made," 4 Apr. 2018 The soldiers were hollow-cheeked and drenched in sweat despite the sub-zero temperatures and the bitter wind in Paju, just 10 miles from South Korea's border with the North. Mac William Bishop, NBC News, "North Korean ex-assassin recalls 1968: ‘The year that mattered most’," 26 Jan. 2018 Lydia was played by Winona Ryder, then an apple-cheeked 17-year-old in one of her first-ever movie roles, the beginning of Ryder's reign as the poster child of offbeat rebellion. Nojan Aminosharei, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beetlejuice's Sophia Anne Caruso Is Bringing Goth to Broadway," 17 Apr. 2019 Three years later, with apartment buildings now cheek-by-jowl with the club, those same residents, joined by dozens more, raised concerns in emails and public meetings about potential noise from the roof. Alan Neuhauser, Washington Post, "A D.C. strip club reopens to a changed neighborhood — of high-end condos and artisanal toast," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of cheek

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheek

Noun

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

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The first known use of cheek was before the 12th century

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cheek

noun
How to pronounce cheek (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cheek

: the part of the face that is below the eye and to the side of the nose and mouth
British : an attitude or way of behaving that is rude and does not show proper respect
informal : one of the two parts of the body that a person sits on

cheek

noun
\ ˈchēk How to pronounce cheek (audio) \

Kids Definition of cheek

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.

cheek

noun
\ ˈchēk\

Medical Definition of cheek

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Medical Definition of cheek (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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