adjective Chiefly British Slang.

disgusted; fed up (usually followed by off).

Nearby words

  1. cheeseboard,
  2. cheesebox seat,
  3. cheeseburger,
  4. cheesecake,
  5. cheesecloth,
  6. cheesed off,
  7. cheesemaker,
  8. cheesemonger,
  9. cheeseparing,
  10. cheesesteak

Origin of cheesed

First recorded in 1940–45; origin obscure




the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared in many ways as a food.
a definite mass of this substance, often in the shape of a wheel or cylinder.
something of similar shape or consistency, as a mass of pomace in cider-making.
Informal. partly digested milk curds sometimes spit up by infants.
cheeses, any of several mallows, especially Malva neglecta, a sprawling, weedy plant having small lavender or white flowers and round, flat, segmented fruits thought to resemble little wheels of cheese.
Slang: Vulgar. smegma.
  1. a transverse section cut from an ingot, as for making into a tire.
  2. an ingot or billet made into a convex, circular form by blows at the ends.
a low curtsy.

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

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



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

to stop; desist.

Origin of cheese

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps alteration of cease Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheesed

  • They go on with dreadful dishes of cabbage and preparations of milk, curdled, soured, and cheesed.

    The Art of Entertaining|M. E. W. Sherwood
  • "The old gentleman was so mad he was all cheesed up," the pedlar was saying.

British Dictionary definitions for cheesed




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



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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Word Origin and History for cheesed
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Idioms and Phrases with cheesed


In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese

  • cheesed off
  • cheese it

also see:

  • big cheese
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