Definitions

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

  • To bring up to the cheek.
  • To face; confront in a bold or impudent manner; assail with impudent or insulting language.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cēace (Wiktionary)

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  • Nine-o'clock Bell!
    Nine-o'clock Bell!
    All the small children and big ones as well,
    Pulling their stockings up, snatching their hats,
    Cheeking and grumbling and giving back-chats,
    Laughing and quarreling, dropping their things,
    These at a snail's pace and those upon wings,
    Lagging behind a bit, running ahead,
    Waiting at corners for lights to turn red ...

    - Eleanor Farjeon, 'School-Bell'.

    November 3, 2008