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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English cheeke, cheke, cheoke, choke, from Old English ċēce, ċēace, ċēoce (cheek; jaw), from Proto-Germanic *kekǭ, *kēkǭ, *kakǭ, *kaukǭ, *keukǭ (jaw; palate; pharynx), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵyewh₁- (to chew). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Sooke (cheek), West Frisian tsjeak (jaw), Dutch kaak (jaw; cheek), Swedish käke (jaw; jowl), Norwegian kjake (jaw), Old Norse kók (mouth; gullet).

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  • enPR: chēk, IPA(key): /tʃiːk/
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NounEdit

cheek (countable and uncountable, plural cheeks)

  1. (anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act III Scene 2
      There are some shrewd contents in yon same paper,
      That steals the colours from Bassanio's cheek:
      Some dear friend dead; else nothing in the world
      Could turn so much the constitution
      Of any constant man. What, worse and worse!— []
  2. (anatomy, informal, usually in the plural) The lower part of the buttocks that is often exposed beneath very brief underwear, swimwear, or extremely short shorts.
  3. (informal, uncountable) Impudence.
    You’ve got some cheek, asking me for money!
  4. (biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite's cephalon.
  5. One of the pieces of a machine, or of timber or stonework, that form corresponding sides or a similar pair.
    the cheeks of a vice; the cheeks of a gun carriage
    1. (nautical) pump-cheek, pump-cheeks, a piece of wood cut out fork-shaped in which the brake is fastened by means of a bolt and can thus move around and move the upper box of the pump up and down
  6. (in the plural) The branches of a bridle bit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  7. Either side of an axehead.
  8. (metalworking) The middle section of a flask, made so that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mould.

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cheek (third-person singular simple present cheeks, present participle cheeking, simple past and past participle cheeked)

  1. To be impudent towards.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, "Sunday," [1]
      We did not like him much because he kissed us and was preachy when we cheeked pretty Tallie, who did not rule over us as Dede did []
    • 1948, George Orwell, Coming Up for Air:
      We cheeked him over the fence until he chased us off, and then we went down to the Walton Road and cheeked the carters, keeping on the other side of the hedge so.
    • 2013, Louise Candlish, The Disappearance of Emily Marr:
      'Well, I do live next door,' I said, in no way antagonistically, and yet I immediately felt as if I had cheeked the headmistress.
    Don't cheek me, you little rascal!
  2. To pull a horse's head back toward the saddle using the cheek strap of the bridle.
    • 1964, John Hendrix, If I Can Do It Horseback: A Cow-Country Sketchbook, page 183:
      Such horses might need to be "cheeked" for a while.
    • 2009, Dusty Richards, The Sundown Chaser:
      Thurman caught the bridle headstall and cheeked the horse's head near his left knee when he swung aboard.
    • 2012, J. Evetts Haley, Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman:
      He cheeked the horse and stepped into the saddle.

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