[ cheez ]
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  1. the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared in many ways as a food.

  2. a definite mass of this substance, often in the shape of a wheel or cylinder.

  1. something of similar shape or consistency, as a mass of pulpy apple residue in cider making.

  2. Informal. partly digested milk curds sometimes spit up by infants.

  3. cheeses, any of several mallows, especially Malva neglecta, a sprawling, weedy plant having small lavender or white flowers and round, flat, segmented fruits thought to resemble little wheels of cheese.

  4. Slang: Vulgar. smegma.

  5. Slang. money: I’m just trying to get my name out there and hopefully earn some cheese.

  6. Metalworking.

    • a transverse section cut from an ingot, as for making into a tire.

    • an ingot or billet made into a convex, circular form by blows at the ends.

  7. a low curtsy.

verb (used without object),cheesed, chees·ing.
  1. Informal. (of infants) to spit up partly digested milk curds.

verb (used with object),cheesed, chees·ing.
  1. (in a game, especially a video game) to win (a battle round) by using a strategy that requires minimal skill and knowledge or that exploits a glitch or flaw in game design: He cheesed the fight by trapping his enemy in the environment and attacking without taking damage.

  2. Metalworking. to forge (an ingot or billet) into a cheese.

Idioms about cheese

  1. cut the cheese, Slang. to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus; fart.

Origin of cheese

First recorded before 1000; Middle English chese, Old English cēse (cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German kāsi, German Käse ), from Germanic kasjus, from Latin cāseus

Words Nearby cheese

Other definitions for cheese (2 of 3)

[ cheez ]

verb (used with object),cheesed, chees·ing.Slang.
  1. to stop; desist.

Origin of cheese

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps alteration of cease

Other definitions for cheese (3 of 3)

[ cheez ]

  1. Slang. the cheese,

    • a person or thing that is splendid or first-rate.

    • something that is exactly what is wanted or required.

Origin of cheese

First recorded in 1835–40 for def. 2; 1895–1900 for def. 1; from Urdu chīz “thing, valuable thing,” from Persian cīz, from Old Persian cish(-ciy) “(some)thing” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cheese in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cheese (1 of 2)


/ (tʃiːz) /

  1. the curd of milk separated from the whey and variously prepared as a food

  2. a mass or complete cake of this substance

  1. any of various substances of similar consistency, etc: lemon cheese

  2. big cheese slang an important person

  3. as alike as chalk and cheese or as different as chalk and cheese See chalk (def. 6)

Origin of cheese

Old English cēse, from Latin cāseus cheese; related to Old Saxon kāsi

British Dictionary definitions for cheese (2 of 2)


/ (tʃiːz) /

  1. (tr) to stop; desist

  2. (intr) prison slang to act in a grovelling manner

Origin of cheese

C19: of unknown origin

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cheese


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese

  • cheesed off
  • cheese it

also see:

  • big cheese

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