Cheek meaning

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The definition of a cheek means the soft fleshy part on the side of the face or the buttocks, or a bold and disrespectful attitude.

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.

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Either of the buttocks.
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The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
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Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.
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Either of the buttocks.
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Impertinent boldness.

Had the cheek to insult his hosts.

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To speak impudently to.
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Either side of the face between the nose and ear, below the eye.
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Either of two sides of a thing, as the sides of a doorjamb or the jaws of a vise.
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Disrespectful boldness; sauciness; effrontery; impudence.
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To speak insolently to.
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The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
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Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.
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(anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
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(informal, usually in the plural) A buttock.
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(informal) Impudence.

You’ve got some cheek, asking me for money!

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(biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
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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.

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(in the plural) The branches of a bridle bit.

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(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.
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To be impudent towards.

Don't cheek me, you little rascal!

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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.
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cheek by jowl
  • Side by side; close together.
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cheek by jowl
  • Close together; intimately.
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turn the other cheek
  • To bear an insult or injury humbly and refrain from retaliating.
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Origin of cheek

  • Middle English cheke from Old English cēace

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English cēace, from Proto-Germanic.

    From Wiktionary