Nearby words

  1. cheddar pink,
  2. cheddite,
  3. cheder,
  4. chee-chee,
  5. cheechako,
  6. cheek by jowl,
  7. cheek muscle,
  8. cheek pouch,
  9. cheek strap,
  10. cheek tooth


    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 formscheek·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheeks

British Dictionary definitions for cheeks



  1. either side of the face, esp that part below the eye
  2. either side of the oral cavity; side of the mouthRelated adjectives: buccal, genal, malar
informal impudence; effrontery
(often plural) informal either side of the buttocks
(often plural) a side of a door jamb
nautical one of the two fore-and-aft supports for the trestletrees on a mast of a sailing vessel, forming part of the hounds
one of the jaws of a vice
cheek by jowl close together; intimately linked
turn the other cheek to be submissive and refuse to retaliate even when provoked or treated badly
with one's tongue in one's cheek See tongue (def. 19)


(tr) informal to speak or behave disrespectfully to; act impudently towards
Derived Formscheekless, adjective

Word Origin for cheek

Old English ceace; related to Middle Low German kāke, Dutch kaak

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Word Origin and History for cheeks
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Medicine definitions for cheeks




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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Idioms and Phrases with cheeks


In addition to the idiom beginning with cheek

  • cheek by jowl

also see:

  • tongue in cheek
  • turn the other cheek
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