I. noun Etymology: Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace; akin to Middle Low German kāke jawbone Date: before 12th century 1. the fleshy side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth; broadly the lateral aspect of the head 2. something suggestive of the human cheek in position or form; especially one of two laterally paired parts 3. insolent boldness and self-assurance 4. buttock 1 Synonyms: see temeritycheekful noun II. transitive verb Date: 1840 chiefly British to speak rudely or impudently to

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  • Cheek — (ch[=e]k), n. [OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. ce[ a]ce, ce[ o]ce; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, D. kaak cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw.] 1. The side of the face below the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. The cheek bone. [Obs.] Caucer. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. (Mech.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cheek — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Chris Cheek (* 1968), US amerikanischer Jazz Saxofonist James Richard Cheek, US amerikanischer Diplomat Joey Cheek (* 1979), US amerikanischer Eisschnellläufer Tom Cheek (1939–2005), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cheek — (n.) O.E. ceace, cece jaw, jawbone, also the fleshy wall of the mouth. Perhaps from the root of O.E. ceowan chew (see CHEW (Cf. chew)), or from P.Gmc. *kaukon (Cf. M.L.G. kake jaw, jawbone, M.Du. kake jaw, Du. kaak) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cheek — cheek; cheek·er; cheek·i·ly; cheek·i·ness; cheek·less; …   English syllables

  • cheek — ► NOUN 1) either side of the face below the eye. 2) either of the buttocks. 3) impertinence; audacity. ► VERB ▪ speak impertinently to. ● cheek by jowl Cf. ↑cheek by jowl …   English terms dictionary

  • Cheek — (ch[=e]k), v. t. To be impudent or saucy to. [Slang.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheek — [n1] side of human face chop*, choppers*, gill, jowl; concept 418 cheek [n2] audacity, boldness brashness, brass*, brazenness, chutzpah*, confidence, disrespect, effrontery, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, lip*, nerve*, presumption,… …   New thesaurus

  • cheek — [chēk] n. [ME cheke < OE ceoke, jaw, jawbone; akin to Du kaak, LowG kâke, jaw (only WGmc)] 1. either side of the face between the nose and ear, below the eye 2. either of two sides of a thing, as the sides of a door jamb or the jaws of a vise… …   English World dictionary

  • cheek — nerve, effrontery, hardihood, gall, *temerity, audacity Analogous words: boldness, intrepidity (see corresponding adjectives at BRAVE): impudence, brazenness, shamelessness, brashness (see corresponding adjectives at SHAMELESS) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cheek — noun 1 part of the face ADJECTIVE ▪ flushed, hot, warm ▪ cool ▪ smooth, soft ▪ ashen …   Collocations dictionary

  • cheek — cheek1 W3 [tʃi:k] n [: Old English; Origin: ceace] 1.) the soft round part of your face below each of your eyes ▪ Lucy stretched up to kiss his cheek. ▪ Billy had rosy cheeks and blue eyes. ▪ her tear stained cheeks ▪ Julie s cheeks flushed with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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