cheese

1
[ cheez ]
/ tʃiz /

noun

verb (used without object), cheesed, chees·ing.

Informal. (of infants) to spit up partly digested milk curds.

verb (used with object), cheesed, chees·ing.

(in a game, especially a video game) to win (a battle round) by using a strategy that requires minimal skill and knowledge or that exploits a glitch or flaw in game design: He cheesed the fight by trapping his enemy in the environment and attacking without taking damage.
Metalworking. to forge (an ingot or billet) into a cheese.

Origin of cheese

1
before 1000; Middle English chese, Old English cēse (cognate with Old Saxon kāsi, German Käse) < Latin cāseus

Definition for cheese (2 of 3)

cheese

2
[ cheez ]
/ tʃiz /

verb (used with object), cheesed, chees·ing. Slang.

to stop; desist.

Origin of cheese

2
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps alteration of cease

Definition for cheese (3 of 3)

cheese

3
[ cheez ]
/ tʃiz /

noun Slang.

a person or thing that is important or splendid.

Origin of cheese

3
1905–10; perhaps < Urdu chīz thing < Persian
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British Dictionary definitions for cheese (1 of 2)

cheese

1
/ (tʃiːz) /

noun

the curd of milk separated from the whey and variously prepared as a food
a mass or complete cake of this substance
any of various substances of similar consistency, etclemon cheese
big cheese slang an important person
as alike as chalk and cheese or as different as chalk and cheese See chalk (def. 6)

Word Origin for cheese

Old English cēse, from Latin cāseus cheese; related to Old Saxon kāsi

British Dictionary definitions for cheese (2 of 2)

cheese

2
/ (tʃiːz) /

verb slang

(tr) to stop; desist
(intr) prison slang to act in a grovelling manner

Word Origin for cheese

C19: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with cheese

cheese


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese

  • cheesed off
  • cheese it

also see:

  • big cheese
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