- one side of an opening, as a reveal.
- either of two similar faces of a projection, as a buttress or dormer.
- a piece of wood removed from the end of a timber in making a tenon.
- a piece of wood on either side of a mortise.
- cheddar pink,
- cheek by jowl,
- cheek muscle,
- cheek pouch,
- cheek strap,
- cheek tooth
Origin of cheek
- either side of the face, esp that part below the eye
- either side of the oral cavity; side of the mouthRelated adjectives: buccal, genal, malar
Word Origin for cheek
Old English ceace, cece "jaw, jawbone," in late Old English also "the fleshy wall of the mouth." Perhaps from the root of Old English ceowan "chew" (see chew (v.)), or from Proto-Germanic *kaukon (cf. Middle Low German kake "jaw, jawbone," Middle Dutch kake "jaw," Dutch kaak), not found outside West Germanic.
Words for "cheek," "jaw," and "chin" tend to run together in IE languages (e.g. PIE *genw-, source of Greek genus "jaw, cheek," geneion "chin," and English chin); Aristotle considered the chin as the front of the "jaws" and the cheeks as the back of them. The other Old English word for "cheek" was ceafl (see jowl).
A thousand men he [Samson] slow eek with his hond,
And had no wepen but an asses cheek.
[Chaucer, "Monk's Tale"]
In reference to the buttocks from c.1600. Sense of "insolence" is from 1840, perhaps from a notion akin to that which led to jaw "insolent speech," mouth off, etc. To turn the other cheek is an allusion to Matt. v:39 and Luke vi:29.
cheek by jowl
Situated side by side or in close contact: “The commuters were packed in the subway cheek by jowl.”
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cheek
- cheek by jowl
- tongue in cheek
- turn the other cheek