tongue-in-cheek

adjective

Definition of tongue-in-cheek

:characterized by insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

First Known Use of tongue-in-cheek

1899


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.

First Known Use of tongue in cheek

1856


TONGUE-IN-CHEEK Defined for English Language Learners

tongue in cheek

adverb

Definition of tongue in cheek for English Language Learners

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


Learn More about tongue-in-cheek


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tongue-in-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

a ram's-horn trumpet used in Judaism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

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!