What does CHEEK mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cheek(noun)

    either side of the face below the eyes

  2. impudence, cheek, impertinence(noun)

    an impudent statement

  3. buttock, cheek(noun)

    either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump

  4. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(verb)

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  5. cheek(verb)

    speak impudently to


  1. cheek(Noun)

    The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.

  2. cheek(Noun)

    A buttock.

  3. cheek(Noun)


    You've got some cheek, asking me for money!

  4. cheek(Verb)

    To be impudent towards.

    Don't cheek me, you little rascal!

  5. Cheek(ProperNoun)

    The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.

  6. Origin: cēace

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheek(noun)

    the side of the face below the eye

  2. Cheek(noun)

    the cheek bone

  3. Cheek(noun)

    those pieces of a machine, or of any timber, or stone work, which form corresponding sides, or which are similar and in pair; as, the cheeks (jaws) of a vise; the cheeks of a gun carriage, etc

  4. Cheek(noun)

    the branches of a bridle bit

  5. Cheek(noun)

    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

  6. Cheek(noun)

    cool confidence; assurance; impudence

  7. Cheek(verb)

    to be impudent or saucy to

  8. Origin: [OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. cece, cece; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, D. kaak cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw.]


  1. Cheek

    Cheeks constitute the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear. They may also be referred to as jowls. "Buccal" means relating to the cheek. In humans, the region is innervated by the buccal nerve. The area between the inside of the cheek and the teeth and gums is called the buccal pouch or buccal cavity and forms part of the mouth. Cheeks are fleshy in humans and other mammals, the skin being suspended by the chin and the jaws, and forming the lateral wall of the human mouth, visibly touching the cheekbone below the eye. Some animals such as squirrels and hamsters use the buccal pouch to carry food or other items. In vertebrates, markings on the cheek area, particularly immediately beneath the eye, often serve as important distinguishing features between species or individuals. The inside of the cheek is lined with a mucous membrane. It is the most common location from which a DNA sample can be taken. The cheeks are covered externally by hairy skin, and internally by stratified squamous epithelium. This is mostly smooth, but may have aborally directed papillae. The mucosa is supplied with secretions from the Buccal glands, which are arranged in superior and inferior groups. In carnivores, the superior buccal gland is large and discrete: the Zygomatic gland. During mastication, the cheeks and tongue between them serve to keep the food between the teeth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cheek

    chēk, n. the side of the face below the eye, the fleshy lateral wall of the mouth: effrontery, impudence, as in 'to have the cheek' to do anything, 'to give cheek:' one of the side-posts of a door or window: the cheek-strap of a horse's bridle, the ring at the end of the bit: anything arranged in internal pairs.—v.t. to address insolently.—ns. Cheek′bone, the bone of the cheek; Cheek′-pouch, a dilatation of the skin of the cheek, forming a bag outside the teeth, as in monkeys, &c.; Cheek′-tooth, a molar tooth.—adj. Cheek′y, insolent, saucy.—Cheek by jowl, side by side.—To one's own cheek, for one's own private use. [A.S. céce, céace, the cheek, jaw; cf. Dut. kaak.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. cheek

    1. A drip-pan for tears. 2. Anciently, a part of the face; latterly, among women, the subsoil of rouge. 3. The principal asset of Ex-President Bombastes Furioso.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cheek

    Insolent language.--Own cheek, one's self.--Cheeky, flippant.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CHEEK' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4719

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CHEEK' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4692

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CHEEK' in Nouns Frequency: #1236

How to pronounce CHEEK?

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How to say CHEEK in sign language?

  1. cheek


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CHEEK in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CHEEK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of CHEEK in a Sentence

  1. Danish proverb:

    Walk till the blood appears on the cheek, but not the sweat on the brow.

  2. Photographer Daniel Kariko:

    It's a fun project, most of all, they're meant to be sort of tongue in cheek.

  3. Nancy Astor:

    My vigor, vitality, and cheek repel me. I am the kind of woman I would run from.

  4. Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero:

    We were holding hands and I was kissing her cheek, we were just happy to be out here.

  5. Paul Stenson:

    My page is run in a tongue-in-cheek way so I can never back down, so I fought fire with fire.

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