Cheese Definition

chēz
cheesed, cheeses, cheesing
noun
cheeses
A food made from the curds of soured milk pressed together to form a solid that is usually allowed to ripen.
Webster's New World
A shaped mass of this.
Webster's New World
A thing like cheese in shape or consistency.
Webster's New World
An important person.
Webster's New World
(countable) Any particular variety of cheese.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • Malva sylvestris
  • cheeseflower
  • tall mallow
  • high mallow
  • sapsago
  • mysost
  • mozzarella
  • gjetost
  • vize
  • vic-en-bigorre
  • velveeta
  • truckles
  • saint-marcellin
  • saint-florentin
  • rouennais
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verb
cheesed, cheesing
To stop.
American Heritage
To stop.
Webster's New World

To prepare curds for making cheese.

Wiktionary
(technology) To make holes in a pattern of circuitry to decrease pattern density.
Wiktionary

(slang) To anger or irritate someone, usually in combination with "off".

All this waiting around is really cheesing me off.
Wiktionary
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other
See also cheese.
Wiktionary
interjection
(photography) Said while being photographed, to give the impression of smiling.
Say "cheese"! ... and there we are!
Wiktionary
idiom
cheese it
  • To look out. Often used in the imperative.
  • To get away fast; get going. Often used in the imperative.
American Heritage
cheesed off
  • angry
Webster's New World
cut the cheese
  • to expel gas from the bowels
Webster's New World
say cheese!
  • smile!
Webster's New World
cheese it!
  • run away fast!
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Cheese

Noun

Singular:
cheese
Plural:
cheeses

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cheese

Origin of Cheese

  • From Middle English chese, from Old English ċēse, ċīese (“cheese”), from West Germanic or late Proto-Germanic *kāsijaz (“cheese”), from Latin cāseus (“cheese”), from Proto-Indo-European *kwat- (“to ferment, become sour”). Cognate with West Frisian tsiis (“cheese”), Low German Kees (“cheese”), Dutch kaas (“cheese”), German Käse (“cheese”). Also related to Old English hwaþerian (“to roar, foam, surge”), dialectal Swedish hvå (“foam”), Albanian kos (“yoghurt”), Latvian kūsāt (“to boil”), Old Church Slavonic квасъ (kvasŭ, “leaven; sour drink”), Sanskrit क्वथते (kváthate, “it boils”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Perhaps from Urdu chīz thing from Persian from Old Persian ciš-ciy something kwo- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English chese from Old English cȳse from Germanic kasjus from Latin cāseus

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

  • Probably from Persian چيز (čīz, “thing”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

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

  • From cheesy.

    From Wiktionary

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