American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. Informal To speak impudently to.
- idiom. cheek by jowl Side by side; close together.
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. specifically— In founding, one of the side-parts of a flask consisting of more than two parts.
- 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.
- n. anatomy The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
- n. informal, usually in the plural A buttock.
- n. informal Impudence.
- n. biology, informal One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
- v. To be impudent towards.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The side of the face below the eye.
- n. obsolete The cheek bone.
- n. (Mech.) 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. (Founding) 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. Slang Cool confidence; assurance; impudence.
- v. Slang. To be impudent or saucy to.
- 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
- Old English cēace (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cheke, from Old English cēace. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Petzal, with his tongue firmly in cheek, is spot on.”
“Essentially I was making the same point you are, a bit more tongue in cheek though.”
“I sincerely hope this article was written with tongue firmly planted in cheek, or else I pray for you.”
“Anything from The Onion is tongue in cheek, and the playing to a stereotype of Adderall (which The Onion does so well) is entirely a mockery of off label use — not its use in treating ADD.”
“Every state should standardize on “state” and “county” (note tongue firmly planted in cheek).”
“So back to the camp we made our way, with tongue in cheek, to put his proposals to the others.”
“I'm all for tongue in cheek sci-fi films, but this movie fails hard at even that.”
“The only way it could work if it was more tongue in cheek, ala The Brady Bunch Movie.”
“Because Jon's message was on twitter and was absolutely public, tongue in cheek style.”
“February 24th, 2009 at 11: 18 pm anonymous, tongue in cheek msw Says:”
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