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From Old English cēace, from Proto-Germanic.


cheek (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.
  2. (informal, usually in the plural) A buttock.
  3. (informal) 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. 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
  6. (in the plural) The branches of a bridle bit.
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  7. (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.
    Don't cheek me, you little rascal!
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