- 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.
Origin of cheek
Synonyms for cheek
Related Words for cheeklip, chop, jowl, gill, nerve, confidence, impertinence, presumption, brazenness, insolence, disrespect, brashness, temerity, rudeness, gall, brass, chutzpah, sauce, impudence
Examples from the Web for cheek
Contemporary Examples of cheek
“The lies of the government shocked us,” says Fatima, as the tears flow slowly from her eyes and down her cheek.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Scrutinizing the lines on your face, she strokes your cheek and asks if your boss is working you too hard.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
Bakari reaches out, strokes Bundy's cheek and stares into his eyes longingly.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
But Tony Bennett will get a free pass on his latest release, Cheek to Cheek.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
But in the scene where the girl kisses me on the cheek, I start to cry.John Travolta Doesn’t Regret a Thing
September 12, 2014
Historical Examples of cheek
He held her hand affectionately in his, and often drew her toward him, that he might kiss her cheek.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
There was a scar on one cheek, and, altogether, he was not very prepossessing in his appearance.Brave and Bold
The fingers that held the petal tingled, and a flush rose in her cheek.Viviette
William J. Locke
No, he could not—which admission did not lessen the glow on his cheek.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Couldst see by his cheek and eye that he is as bitter as verjuice.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cheek
- cheek by jowl
- tongue in cheek
- turn the other cheek