Adjective "cheek" definition and examples

(Cheek may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/tʃiːk/

Definitions and examples

noun

Either side of the face below the eye.
  1. 'The blow swung his head around to the side; his cheek stung long afterwards.'
  2. 'He opened them again and looked into her caring eyes as he felt her hand moving from his cheek to the left side of his chest.'
  3. 'As it was, I felt a burning pain on my left cheek below my eye and all over my arm.'
  4. 'He steps forward and touches my cheek, his hand neither warm nor cold against my skin.'
  5. 'I wipe away a tear that's somehow rolling down my cheek with the back of my hand.'
  6. 'Tears began to roll down my cheeks as my stomach clenched again.'
  7. 'I can see Casey kissing her cheeks, just below her eyes, and my own eyes start tearing up at that.'
  8. 'One of his hands traced up along the side of my tearstained cheek and through my hair.'
  9. 'When he smiled a dimple was visible just below his right cheek.'
  10. 'He lifted his hand and gently brushed away the tears rolling down her cheek, with his thumb.'
  11. 'Gabriel had to bite his cheeks to keep from laughing'
  12. 'Darien had to bite the side of his inner cheek to keep from saying something insulting and cruel to her.'
  13. 'The astringency of tannins is most perceptible on the inner cheeks; the heat of the alcohol burns in the back of the throat.'
  14. 'But as soon as my cheeks eased their way onto the firm, but well-cushioned seat, I was converted.'
  15. 'Or, you know, cover it up with a skirt that actually reaches below the cheeks.'
Talk or behaviour regarded as rude or lacking in respect.
  1. 'She also had the cheek to question our lack of footpaths!'
  2. 'I am upset because they had the cheek to give me a ticket - although I can see the funny side.'
  3. 'The English agent even had the cheek to send an e-mail saying he was doing a bunk and planned to emigrate to Italy.'
  4. 'When we found out we went and they had the cheek to turn us away.'
  5. 'They then had the cheek to complain that the recovery of costs against them was unfair and a hardship on them!'
  6. 'So I took great pleasure in showing her my student card - she had the cheek to wish me happy birthday!'
  7. 'In the bar, punters were downing real ale or orange juice, and staring resentfully at the three people who'd had the cheek to light up a cigarette.'
  8. 'Here I was telling him something that was quite major and he had the cheek to be sarcastic.'

verb

Speak impertinently to.
  1. 'He was cheeking teachers for the first time since she had known him.'
  2. 'Without a second glance she cheeked the offending driver, forgetting her windows were too darkly tinted for the person to see, and then relaxed back in her comfortable driver's seat and flicked on the radio.'
  3. 'They cheeked us back and we told them it wasn't a playground and shouted get out.'
  4. 'He continues to cheek his betters, even after he has bested them.'

More definitions

1. either side of the face below the eye and above the jaw.

2. the side wall of the mouth between the upper and lower jaws.

3. something resembling the side of the human face in form or position, as either of two parts forming corresponding sides of various objects: the cheeks of a vise.

4. impudence or effrontery: He's got a lot of cheek to say that to me!

5. Slang. either of the buttocks.

6. Architecture. one side of an opening, as a reveal. either of two similar faces of a pr

More examples(as adjective)

"bones can be cheek."

"softlies can be cheek."

"restings can be cheek."

"injuries can be cheek."

"teeth can be cheek."

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Origin

Old English cē(a)ce, cēoce ‘cheek, jaw’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaak.

Phrase

cheek by jowl
cheek to cheek
turn the other cheek