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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


  1. cheeknoun

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

  2. cheeknoun

    A buttock.

  3. cheeknoun


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

  4. cheekverb

    To be impudent towards.

    Don't cheek me, you little rascal!

  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.

  6. Etymology: cēace

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHEEKnoun

    Etymology: ceac, Saxon.

    And now and then an ample tear trill’d down
    Her delicate cheek. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Her beauty hangs upon the cheek of night,
    Like a rich jewel in an Æthiop’s ear. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    I shall survey and spy
    Death in thy cheeks, and darkness in thy eye. John Donne.

    Daughter of the rose, whose cheeks unite
    The diff’ring titles of the red and white,
    Who heaven’s alternate beauty well display
    The blush of morning and the milky way. Dryden.


  1. Cheek

    The cheeks (Latin: buccae) constitute the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear. "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 vestibule or buccal pouch or buccal cavity and forms part of the mouth. In other animals the cheeks may also be referred to as jowls.


  1. cheek

    Cheek is the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and ears. It forms the side of the face, typically rounded in shape. It also refers to the inner side of the mouth, the tissue lining the inside part from the bottom of your eye socket to your upper jaw and lower jaw. In a broader context, 'cheek' can also refer to impassive boldness or audacity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cheeknoun

    the side of the face below the eye

  2. Cheeknoun

    the cheek bone

  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

  4. Cheeknoun

    the branches of a bridle bit

  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

  6. Cheeknoun

    cool confidence; assurance; impudence

  7. Cheekverb

    to be impudent or saucy to

  8. Etymology: [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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  1. Cheek

    see gena.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHEEK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cheek is ranked #2273 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cheek surname appeared 16,020 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Cheek.

    79.8% or 12,794 total occurrences were White.
    14% or 2,248 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 344 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2% or 332 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 213 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 90 total occurrences were Asian.

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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

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  2. keech

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  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. Charles de LEUSSE:

    A kiss on one cheek makes her blush both cheeks. (Un bisou sur une joue Fait rougir les deux joues)

  2. Kenzie Pyne:

    I figured maybe she got a bug in her mouth so I grabbed a wet cloth to wipe the inside of her mouth, but it wasn’t wiping off and the black remained. finally the doctor came in and as soon as I mentioned the caterpillar to him, he said that is exactly what it is and all the hairs are stuck to her tongue and the tentacles are fused to her cheek.

  3. Galia Slayen:

    It's tongue in cheek, there were obviously no crickets on the debate stage.

  4. Paul Stenson:

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

  5. Danish proverb:

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

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