tongue-in-cheek

adjective

Definition of tongue-in-cheek 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: characterized by insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

tongue in cheek

adverb

Definition of tongue in cheek (Entry 2 of 2)

: with insincerity, irony, or whimsical exaggeration

Examples of tongue-in-cheek in a Sentence

Adverb

The whole interview was done tongue in cheek.

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Officers in Norwood, a town of 20,000 near Cincinnati, posted the advice, presumably tongue in cheek, on the Police Department's Facebook page. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Police investigating shooting in the 7th Ward: NOPD," 10 Feb. 2018 Turbojugend, for example, have rules, many rules, most of which are tongue in cheek, and many of which concern the Kutte. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Costumes are theatrical, personalities are tongue in cheek — in no way does this event take itself too seriously. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pro wrestling gets a hold in the city, San Francisco style," 5 June 2018 Boyfriend combines high-speed rap screeds with tongue in cheek burlesque dancing to achieve one of the most unique vibes in the music biz. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Burlesque rapper Boyfriend blows away Jazz Fest 2018," 5 May 2018 The name is intended to be tongue in cheek and slightly subvert expectations. Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Comedy / Music / Performing Arts The new Monday night show at Beauty Bar isn't Salonathon, it's Something Else," 21 Mar. 2018 However, those quotes were believed to have been made tongue in cheek, and Hazard has already gone on record in the recent past about how Conte have markedly improved his game during the Italian's time at the helm. SI.com, "New £300k Contract in the Pipeline for Hazard as Chelsea Look to Ward off Real Madrid," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tongue-in-cheek

Adjective

1899, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1856, in the meaning defined above

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tongue in cheek

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of tongue in cheek

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

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