- 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
Examples from the Web for cheeks
Now in his early thirties, his cheeks are sunken from smoking too much hash.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I could feel the fat of my cheeks trying to escape as she held me still to mark me with red lipstick.My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story|Aurora Snow|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I stared at her photo until I began to feel tears rolls down my cheeks.The Names You Don’t Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan|Kate Hoit|May 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it started to become more than that and my cheeks started to sink in and stuff like that, I thought it would be best to go.Matt Bomer Tells the Personal Story Behind His Heartbreaking ‘Normal Heart’ Performance|Kevin Fallon|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Swish it, especially around the cheeks and upper palate, and pull it through your teeth.
She glided out of the window, and Peggy followed, her heart beating to suffocation, her cheeks glowing with excitement.Peggy|Laura E. Richards
On the morning, when the Americans had paraded to surrender, tears were seen coursing down the cheeks of Gen. Moultrie.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion|William Dobein James
Aurora caught her daughter's cheeks between her hands and laughed all over them.The Grandissimes|George Washington Cable
Her cheeks paled at the sound, and she rested silent until presently summoned to the drawing-room.From the Valley of the Missing|Grace Miller White
When she turned round at last, she saw him sitting on the sofa, his cheeks wet with tears.Married|August Strindberg
- 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
"the buttocks," c.1600; see 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