What does tongue-in-cheek mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bantering, facetious, tongue-in-cheek(adverb)

    cleverly amusing in tone

    "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice"

  2. banteringly, tongue-in-cheek(adverb)

    in a bantering fashion

    "he spoke to her banteringly"

  3. facetiously, jokingly, tongue-in-cheek(adverb)

    not seriously

    "I meant it facetiously"


  1. tongue-in-cheek(Adjective)

    not intended seriously; jocular or humorous

    He gave a tongue-in-cheek explanation of why the sky was blue, offering a theory about some primordial discount on light blue paint.


  1. Tongue-in-cheek

    Tongue-in-cheek is a phrase used as a figure of speech to imply that a statement or other production is humorously or otherwise not seriously intended and it should not be taken at face value. The facial expression typically indicates that one is joking or making a mental effort. In the past, it may also have indicated contempt, but that is no longer common. By 1842 the phrase had acquired its contemporary meaning similar to "take what I am saying with a grain of salt", indicating that a statement was not meant to be taken seriously. Early users of the phrase include Sir Walter Scott in his 1828 The Fair Maid of Perth.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tongue-in-cheek in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tongue-in-cheek in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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