tongue-in-cheek

adjective
|Updated on: 4 Jun 2018

Definition of tongue-in-cheek

: characterized by insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

First Known Use of tongue-in-cheek

1899

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tongue in cheek

adverb

Definition of tongue in cheek

: with insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

Examples of tongue in cheek in a Sentence

  1. The whole interview was done tongue in cheek.

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First Known Use of tongue in cheek

1856

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TONGUE-IN-CHEEK Defined for English Language Learners

tongue in cheek

Definition of tongue in cheek for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that is not serious and that is meant to be funny


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