from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
- n. Something resembling the cheek in shape or position.
- n. Either of the buttocks.
- n. Impertinent boldness: had the cheek to insult his hosts.
- transitive v. Informal To speak impudently to.
- idiom cheek by jowl Side by side; close together.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
- n. A buttock.
- n. Impudence.
- n. One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
- v. To be impudent towards.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The side of the face below the eye.
- n. The cheek bone.
- n. Those pieces of a machine, or of any timber, or stone work, which form corresponding sides, or which are similar and in pair
- n. The branches of a bridle bit.
- n. A section of a flask, so made that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mold; the middle part of a flask.
- n. Cool confidence; assurance; impudence.
- transitive v. To be impudent or saucy to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Either of the two sides of the face below the eyes.
- n. Something regarded as resembling the human cheek in form or position; one of two pieces, as of an instrument, apparatus, framework, etc., which form corresponding sides or which are double and alike.
- n. The miter-sill of a lock-gate. Naut., one of the pieces of a block which form the sides of the shell.
- n. A cheek-bone; a jaw-bone.
- n. In entomology, the gena, or that part of an insect's head which lies between the eye and the mouth-cavity. This region sometimes becomes very prominent, as in certain of the Diptera.
- n. The edible portion of the large seaclam, Mactra solidissima.
- n. Cool confidence; brazen-faced impudence; an impudent or self-confident manner: as, he has plenty of cheek.
- n. Share; portion; allowance.
- To bring up to the cheek.
- To face; confront in a bold or impudent manner; assail with impudent or insulting language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump
- n. impudent aggressiveness
- n. either side of the face below the eyes
- n. an impudent statement
- v. speak impudently to
Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cēace (Wiktionary)