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[ cheez ]

What does cheeze mean?

Cheeze is an alternative spelling of cheese, sometimes used as a slang term for money. Cheeze is also commonly used for vegan cheese.

Related words

guala, Monopoly money, fumble the bag, Veganuary, pegan

Where does cheeze come from?

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Bread, dough, clams, bacon, cheese. English loves a slang term for money—and many of them are food-related, perhaps due to physical resemblances or riffs on the notion of breadwinner.

Cheese as a slang term for money dates back to the mid-1800s. The slang term spread in the 1990s, thanks in part to its use in prominent hip-hop lyrics, such as in the chorus of Jay-Z’s 1999 song “Big Pimpin'”: “We be big pimpin’, spendin’ cheese.”

Cheese has long been misspelled, whether by accident or on purpose, as cheeze. (We found a humorous instance in a 1921 dairy journal.) As slang for money, cheeze can be found in 1990s hip-hop lyrics. Both hip-hop and internet slang like to use deliberate misspellings.

Cheeze is also often use to refer to vegan cheese, or a cheese-like substance made without dairy. Vegan food substitutes often use alternative spellings to help consumers differentiate products from their meat- or dairy-based originals.

Examples of cheeze

Callin' up my clout, when I'm out, gotta count my cheeze
Tommy Wright III, "Meet Yo Maker" (song), 1994
The daily rat race continues soon! Gotta get my cheeze!!
@P07H34D, June 2018

Who uses cheeze?

Cheeze, along with cheese and cheddar, can all be used as slang for money, often associated with hip-hop culture.

Cheeze is also widely used to refer to vegan cheese.

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