What does tongue-in-cheek mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bantering, facetious, tongue-in-cheekadverb

    cleverly amusing in tone

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

  2. banteringly, tongue-in-cheekadverb

    in a bantering fashion

    "he spoke to her banteringly"

  3. facetiously, jokingly, tongue-in-cheekadverb

    not seriously

    "I meant it facetiously"


  1. tongue-in-cheekadjective

    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.

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  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

Examples of tongue-in-cheek in a Sentence

  1. Sharra Vostral:

    'Medical Considerations of WASPS' determined that menstruation was 'not a handicap to flying and there was no relationship to accidents,' 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.

  2. Andy Duncan:

    The eccentricity I value is essentially benign, a harmless individualism that reflects a unique, cockeyed view of the world, and spices up what otherwise might be a mundane menu, these eccentrics tend to be self-aware and tongue in cheek. They're winking at us. Some eccentrics, moreover, are just visionaries ahead of their time, like the early advocates of such eccentric notions as animal welfare.

  3. Photographer Daniel Kariko:

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

  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. Eli Bard:

    I think were trying to have fun with it, even in their letter, it was kind of tongue-in-cheek... saying Youre obviously a fan. We love that youre a fan and they were just like Dont campaign around this.

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
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