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cheek

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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.

Origin and Etymology 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>.

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cheek

verb

Definition of cheek

chiefly British

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

1840

First Known Use of cheek

1840



CHEEK Defined for English Language Learners

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cheek

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noun \ˈchēk\

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

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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

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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


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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>



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