A baby with bright pink cheeks.
- An example of a cheek is the part of your face to which you apply blush.
- An example of cheek is talking back to your parents when they ask you to do a chore.
- either side of the face between the nose and ear, below the eye
- either of two sides of a thing, as the sides of a doorjamb or the jaws of a vise: usually used in pl.
- either of the buttocks
- Informal disrespectful boldness; sauciness; effrontery; impudence
Origin of cheekMiddle English cheke from Old English ceoke, jaw, jawbone; akin to Dutch kaak, Low German kâke, jaw (only WGmc)
cheek by jowl
turn the other cheek
Origin of cheekin allusion to Matt. 5:39
- The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
- Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.
- Either of the buttocks.
- Impertinent boldness: had the cheek to insult his hosts.
transitive verbcheeked, cheek·ing, cheeks Informal
Origin of cheekMiddle English cheke from Old English cēace
- (anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
- (informal, usually in the plural) A buttock.
- (informal) Impudence.
- You’ve got some cheek, asking me for money!
- (biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
- The pieces of a machine, or of timber or stonework, that form corresponding sides or a similar pair.
- the cheeks of a vice; the cheeks of a gun carriage
- (in the plural) The branches of a bridle bit.
- (metalworking) The middle section of a flask, made so that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mould.
(third-person singular simple present cheeks, present participle cheeking, simple past and past participle cheeked)
- To be impudent towards.
- Don't cheek me, you little rascal!
From Old English cēace, from Proto-Germanic.
- The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.