- a transverse section cut from an ingot, as for making into a tire.
- an ingot or billet made into a convex, circular form by blows at the ends.
verb (used without object), cheesed, chees·ing.
verb (used with object), cheesed, chees·ing.
- cheese board,
- cheese cloth,
- cheese cutter,
- cheese eater,
- cheese fries
Origin of cheese1
verb (used with object), cheesed, chees·ing. Slang.
Origin of cheese2
Origin of cheese3
Examples from the Web for cheese
Mixing meat and dairy is a kosher rule-breaker, so they switched the cheese for potatoes.
Before serving, bake the cheese packages, combine the salad and vinaigrette, and serve.
I remember them coming over all adorable with mac and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Players stopped downing chili dogs or cheese fries before games.College Football Fattens Players Up and Then Abandons Them|Evin Demirel|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even more damnably, Mother Courage has the chance to save her son Swiss Cheese from the firing squad by paying a ransom.
The manchets and cheese, and fine ale, of Magdalen College are well known.
All day of the 11th they pushed on, with a small store of crackers and cheese as their only food.Historic Tales, Vol. 1 (of 15)|Charles Morris
These bear appropriate trade names and form a very attractive addition to our varieties of cheese.The Book of Cheese|Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
The ploughboy understood them very well, for to have only a hunch of bread and little or no cheese was often his own case.Round About a Great Estate|Richard Jefferies
The larv (fig. 98) are the well-known cheese skippers, which sometimes occur in great abundance on certain kinds of cheese.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
Word Origin for cheese
Word Origin for cheese
Old English cyse (West Saxon), cese (Anglian) "cheese," from West Germanic *kasjus (cf. Old Saxon kasi, Old High German chasi, German Käse, Middle Dutch case, Dutch kaas), from Latin caseus "cheese" (source of Italian cacio, Spanish queso, Irish caise, Welsh caws).
Of unknown origin; perhaps from a PIE root *kwat- "to ferment, become sour" (cf. Prakrit chasi "buttermilk;" Old Church Slavonic kvasu "leaven; fermented drink," kyselu "sour," -kyseti "to turn sour;" Czech kysati "to turn sour, rot;" Sanskrit kvathati "boils, seethes;" Gothic hwaþjan "foam"). Also cf. fromage. Old Norse ostr, Danish ost, Swedish ost are related to Latin ius "broth, sauce, juice."
Earliest references would be to compressed curds of milk used as food; pressed or molded cheeses with rinds are 14c. Transferred to other cheese-like substances by 1530s. As a photographer's word to make subjects hold a smile, it is attested from 1930, but in a reminiscence of schoolboy days, which suggests an earlier use. Probably for the forced smile involved in making the -ee- sound. Green cheese is that newly made; the notion that the moon is made of green cheese as a type of a ridiculous assertion is from 1520s. To make cheeses was a schoolgirls' amusement (1835) of wheeling rapidly so one's petticoats blew out in a circle then dropping down so they came to rest inflated and resembling a wheel of cheese; hence, used figuratively for "a deep curtsey."
"the proper thing," from Urdu chiz "a thing," from Persian chiz, from Old Persian *ciš-ciy "something," from PIE pronomial stem *kwo- (see who). Picked up by British in India by 1818 and used in the sense of "a big thing" (especially in the phrase the real chiz).
This perhaps is behind the expression big cheese "important person" (1914), but that is American English in origin and likely rather belongs to cheese (n.1). To cut a big cheese as a figurative expression for "look important" is recorded from 1915, and overlarge wheels of cheese, especially from Wisconsin, were commonly displayed 19c. as publicity stunts by retailers, etc.
The cheese will be on exhibition at the National Dairy Show at Chicago next week. President Taft will visit the show the morning of Monday, October thirtieth, and after his address he will be invited to cut the big cheese, which will then be distributed in small lots to visitors at the show. ["The Country Gentleman," Oct. 28, 1911]
CHEESE IT. Be silent, be quiet, don't do it. Cheese it, the coves are fly; be silent, the people understand our discourse. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese
- cheesed off
- cheese it
- big cheese