What does cheek mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cheeknoun

    either side of the face below the eyes

  2. impudence, cheek, impertinencenoun

    an impudent statement

  3. buttock, cheeknoun

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

  4. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheekverb

    impudent aggressiveness

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

  5. cheekverb

    speak impudently to

Wiktionary

  1. cheeknoun

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

    Etymology: cēace

  2. cheeknoun

    A buttock.

    Etymology: cēace

  3. cheeknoun

    Impudence.

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

    Etymology: cēace

  4. cheekverb

    To be impudent towards.

    Don't cheek me, you little rascal!

    Etymology: cēace

  5. Cheeknoun

    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.

    Etymology: cēace

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheeknoun

    the side of the face below the eye

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

  2. Cheeknoun

    the cheek bone

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

  3. Cheeknoun

    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

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

  4. Cheeknoun

    the branches of a bridle bit

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

  5. Cheeknoun

    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

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

  6. Cheeknoun

    cool confidence; assurance; impudence

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

  7. Cheekverb

    to be impudent or saucy to

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

Freebase

  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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Entomology

  1. Cheek

    see gena.

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  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

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Numerology

  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. James Joyce:

    What did that mean, to kiss? You put your face up like that to say goodnight and then his mother put her face down. That was to kiss. His mother put her lips on his cheek; her lips were soft and they wetted his cheek; and they made a tiny little noise: kiss. Why did people do that with their two faces?

  2. Roy Jones:

    We will turn the other cheek, i’m the least likely guy to pull out a gun in a fight. But we will not turn the other cheek if you’re going to assault my family or cut off my head in the process.

  3. Sharra Vostral:

    Some of the reports from the physician came back, tongue-in-cheek, saying this was the most interesting group of women he'd ever encountered because they weren't having their periods.

  4. Photographer Daniel Kariko:

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

  5. Robert Gahl:

    The proper response of the Christian goes beyond turning the other cheek, which is an invitation to hit me again. The Christian response is more complex.

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