• WordNet 3.6
    • v cheek speak impudently to
    • n cheek impudent aggressiveness "I couldn't believe her boldness","he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
    • n cheek either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump
    • n cheek either side of the face below the eyes
    • n cheek an impudent statement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Ancient Greek women made a type of cheek blush by painting their cheeks with herbal pastes which was made out of crushed berries and seeds
    • Cheek (Founding) A section of a flask, so made that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mold; the middle part of a flask.
    • Cheek Cool confidence; assurance; impudence.
    • Cheek The branches of a bridle bit.
    • Cheek The cheek bone.
    • Cheek The side of the face below the eye.
    • Cheek (Mech) Those pieces of a machine, or of any timber, or stone work, which form corresponding sides, or which are similar and in pair; as, the cheeksjaws) of a vise; the cheeks of a gun carriage, etc.
    • v. t Cheek chēk To be impudent or saucy to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, "Intolerance." He wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
    • n cheek Either of the two sides of the face below the eyes.
    • n cheek Something regarded as resembling the human cheek in form or position; one of two pieces, as of an instrument, apparatus, framework, etc., which form corresponding sides or which are double and alike. specifically— In founding, one of the side-parts of a flask consisting of more than two parts.
    • n cheek The miter-sill of a lock-gate. Naut., one of the pieces of a block which form the sides of the shell.
    • n cheek A cheek-bone; a jaw-bone.
    • n cheek In entomology, the gena, or that part of an insect's head which lies between the eye and the mouth-cavity. This region sometimes becomes very prominent, as in certain of the Diptera.
    • n cheek The edible portion of the large seaclam, Mactra solidissima.
    • n cheek Cool confidence; brazen-faced impudence; an impudent or self-confident manner: as, he has plenty of cheek.
    • n cheek Share; portion; allowance.
    • cheek To bring up to the cheek.
    • cheek To face; confront in a bold or impudent manner; assail with impudent or insulting language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey as a tongue-in-cheek reference to IBM. The name was derived from the fact that the letters H-A-L precede the letters I-B-M in the alphabet.
    • n Cheek chēk the side of the face below the eye, the fleshy lateral wall of the mouth: effrontery, impudence, as in 'to have the cheek' to do anything, 'to give cheek:' one of the side-posts of a door or window: the cheek-strap of a horse's bridle, the ring at the end of the bit: anything arranged in internal pairs
    • v.t Cheek to address insolently
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  • Walter Abish
    Walter Abish
    “America fears the unshaven legs, the unshaven men's cheeks, the aroma of perspiration, and the limp prick. Above all it fears the limp prick.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. [Merchant Of Venice]”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Let age, not envy, draw wrinkles on thy cheeks.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.”


Cheek by jowl - If things or people are cheek by jowl, they are very close together.
Tongue in cheek - If something is tongue in cheek, it isn't serious or meant to be taken seriously.
Turn the other cheek - If you turn the other cheek, you are humble and do not retaliate or get outwardly angry when someone offends or hurts you, in fact, you give them the opportunity to re-offend instead and compound their unpleasantness.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. ceàce, ceòce,; cf. Goth. kukjan, to kiss, D. kaak, cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw,


In literature:

When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Now with bright eyes, and flushed cheeks, she stood before the window.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
He hid in a corner, puffed out his cheeks, and bleated like a calf.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
She turned on him fiercely, and the colour rose to her cheeks.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
He beat her about her cheeks with his hard, open left.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Her cheeks burned, and her heart beat fast.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
For one moment, she bent over her husband's shoulder, and pressed her soft, fair cheek to his.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
Her eyes had lost their nameless fear; there was even colour in her cheeks.
"The Master Mummer" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The sweet brightness had died out of her eyes, and her cheeks were flaming.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
Simon's cheeks were hollow, his mouth a tight line, his chin sharp.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Sails like the cheek
Of the cherubim —
Blackwall fashion,
Shipshape and trim —
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
Cyprian, in my dream
the folds of a purple
kerchief shadowed
your cheeks —- the one
"Cyprian, in my dream" by Sappho
Within my Lucia's cheek,
(Whose livery ye wear)
Play ye at hide or seek,
I'm sure to find ye there.
"To Carnations: A Song" by Robert Herrick
And soon she lost a dimple
That was upon her cheek,
But that was very simple—
She was so thin and weak!
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
Now is the time for mirth,
Nor cheek or tongue be dumb;
For with the flow'ry earth
The golden pomp is come.
"To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses" by Robert Herrick
Her mask, however gay,
Still covers cheeks tear-wet;
She cannot, in her singing, smile
Until she can forget.
"A Lament" by Arlo Bates

In news:

Warren was listed in the early 1990s as a minority professor at Harvard University, but the only proof Warren has of her claim of 1/32nd Cherokee blood is family stories about high cheek bones that came from an ancestor .
When help arrived the antenna was sticking out of her cheek after breaking away from the portable radio.
Speed skater Joey Cheek, celebrating his 500-meter gold, gets a more formal chance to wave Old Glory as US flag- bearer in the closing ceremonies.
A prospective donor swabs his cheek Wednesday morning.
The test to find out if you can donate is fast and easy — just a Q-tip swabbed inside your cheek.
What's involved: Cheek swab and filling out forms.
People swab their cheeks for the bone marrow registry.
All it takes is a simple cheek swab.
Love the color, love having just one product that I can use it on my lips and cheeks, and especially love the message.
Officials said 27-year-old Marcus Thomas was stabbed in his left butt cheek by 24-year-old Christopher Hunter.
Stories of apple-cheeked innocents corrupted by the big, bad world are as old as the dawn of curfew.
Bare-faced cheek of Cunliffe's naked chin.
Late Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek among finalists for Frick Award.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek announces retirement.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek will retire after 41 years of service in law enforcement.

In science:

This analyses matter into extensionless particles: either point-particles separated from each other by a vacuum, or the extensionless infinitesimal constituents of a continuum (i.e. continuous body), “cheek by jowl” with each other.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
If there is no threshold, we can still lower it; we explain below what we mean by this tongue-in-cheek statement.
The Power of Choice for Random Satisfiability
It shows that independent of concerns of free will, no two devices can unerringly emulate each other. (In other words, no reality can have more than one universal device.) Somewhat tongue in cheek, taken together, these results could be called a “monotheism theor em ”.
Physical limits of inference