cheek

[ cheek ]
/ tʃik /

noun

Idioms

    cheek by jowl, in close intimacy; side by side: a row of houses cheek by jowl.
    (with) tongue in cheek. tongue(def 37).

Origin of cheek

before 900; Middle English cheke, Old English cē(a)ce; akin to Dutch kaak, Middle Low German kake

Related forms

cheek·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cheek by jowl

cheek

/ (tʃiːk) /

noun

verb

(tr) informal to speak or behave disrespectfully to; act impudently towards

Derived Forms

cheekless, adjective

Word Origin for cheek

Old English ceace; related to Middle Low German kāke, Dutch kaak
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Medicine definitions for cheek by jowl

cheek

[ chēk ]

n.

The fleshy part of either side of the face below the eye and between the nose and ear.
Either of the buttocks.
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Culture definitions for cheek by jowl

cheek by jowl


Situated side by side or in close contact: “The commuters were packed in the subway cheek by jowl.”

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Idioms and Phrases with cheek by jowl (1 of 2)

cheek by jowl


Side by side, close together, as in In that crowded subway car we stood cheek by jowl, virtually holding one another up. This term dates from the 16th century, when it replaced cheek by cheek.

Idioms and Phrases with cheek by jowl (2 of 2)

cheek


In addition to the idiom beginning with cheek

  • cheek by jowl

also see:

  • tongue in cheek
  • turn the other cheek
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