\ 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


cheeked; cheeking; cheeks

Definition of cheek (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

chiefly British
: to speak rudely or impudently to

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

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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 It's been much longer than two weeks since my last round of injectables; in fact, everything has since dissolved since my most recent sessions of cheek filler and masseter Botox. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "The Foreo Bear Microcurrent Device Makes It Looks Like I Got a Face-Lift," 6 Oct. 2020 Just like the next-level eyeliner (another personal favourite), the cheek products feel expensive and blend just as well, if not better, than anything else in my stash. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Lady Gaga’s Beauty Brand Is Launching Bronzer & Blush — Here Are The Exclusive Details," 2 Oct. 2020 Phillips used the liquid highlighter alongside the Iconic London Sheer Blush in Fresh Faced on Lopez's cheek. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "This $40 Highlighter Is Responsible for J.Lo's Glow in the "Pa Ti" Video," 1 Oct. 2020 The projectile struck below her left eye, fractured her cheek bone, and has resulted in recurring problems with her vision, the suit says. Randy Furst, Star Tribune, "College student sues city of Minneapolis over eye injury from projectile during Floyd protests," 15 Sep. 2020 The comb insert material is specifically designed to allow for comfortable cheek weld while reducing skin adhesion. Savage Arms, Field & Stream, "Savage’s Revolutionary Renegauge," 30 July 2020 Later, species of Mammut became known as mastodons (named for the knob-like cusps on their cheek teeth). Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 The tongue-in-cheek guide to the fair value of currencies showed that the Hong Kong dollar was undervalued by almost 54% in July. The Economist, "Buttonwood Can you make money from the Big Mac index?," 19 Sep. 2020 Humans are wired for touch – a handshake, a pat on the back, a friendly hug, a peck on the cheek. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus: Five things to know about ‘touch deprivation’ – and how to treat it," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some testing sites may ask you to swab your nose or cheek yourself, or spit into a tube. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "Covid-19 Tests: Answers on Cost, Accuracy and Turnaround Time," 3 Sep. 2020 There is, of course, a German word for it: Hamsterkäufe, meaning to shop like a nervous, bulging-cheeked hamster. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "We Are All Irrational Panic Shoppers," 5 Mar. 2020 Wright, a cheerful, apple-cheeked, forty-two-year-old professor with wispy brown hair, is at the vanguard of a new movement in SETI. Adam Mann, The New Yorker, "Intelligent Ways to Search for Extraterrestrials," 3 Oct. 2019 Still, just as the Bears offense readied to head back on the field with Daniel at the controls, Nagy and Trubisky stood cheek to cheek on the sidelines. Dan Wiederer,, "Column: ‘For whatever reason, here’s Chase Daniel.’ That could become the perfect advertisement for the Bears’ final 6 weeks.," 18 Nov. 2019 For instance, one pink-cheeked, shy student at Maurice Wollin excels in reading but recently failed a math test. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "How One School Program in New York Helps Students With Autism," 30 Dec. 2019 Patient, steadfast Inti, round faced and dimple cheeked, rebuke to the macho South American stereotype. Mathina Calliope, Longreads, "The Backcountry Prescription Experiment," 3 Dec. 2019 But the very sound of them gives the flavor of the patchwork of small-town suburbs that sit cheek to cheek in the sprawl. Los Angeles Times, "‘Lodge 49’ is too good for this world. Which is exactly why AMC should keep it around," 15 Oct. 2019 Latin America: Also cheek-kiss people, but sometimes just the one cheek. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "The Eurohug, Is It a Thing?: A Global Guide to Embrace," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cheek


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


1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheek


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

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13 Oct 2020

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“Cheek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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


\ 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.


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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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