Definition of cheek noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃiːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃiːk//
    Describing annoying traits, Face
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  1. 1   [countable] either side of the face below the eyes chubby/rosy/pink cheeks He kissed her on both cheeks. Couples were dancing cheek to cheek. CollocationsPhysical appearance A person may be described as having:Eyes (bright) blue/​green/(dark/​light) brown/​hazel eyes deep-set/​sunken/​bulging/​protruding eyes small/​beady/​sparkling/​twinkling/(informal) shifty eyes piercing/​penetrating/​steely eyes bloodshot/​watery/​puffy eyes bushy/​thick/​dark/​raised/​arched eyebrows long/​dark/​thick/​curly/​false eyelashes/​lashesFace a flat/​bulbous/​pointed/​sharp/​snub nose a straight/​a hooked/​a Roman/(formal) an aquiline nose full/​thick/​thin/​pouty lips dry/​chapped/​cracked lips flushed/​rosy/​red/​ruddy/​pale cheeks soft/​chubby/​sunken cheeks white/​perfect/​crooked/​protruding teeth a large/​high/​broad/​wide/​sloping forehead a strong/​weak/​pointed/​double chin a long/​full/​bushy/​wispy/​goatee beard a long/​thin/​bushy/​droopy/​handlebar/​pencil moustache/ (especially US English) mustacheHair and skin pale/​fair/​olive/​dark/​tanned skin dry/​oily/​smooth/​rough/​leathery/​wrinkled skin a dark/​pale/​light/​sallow/​ruddy/​olive/​swarthy/​clear complexion deep/​fine/​little/​facial wrinkles blonde/​blond/​fair/(light/​dark) brown/(jet-)black/​auburn/​red/(British English) ginger/​grey hair straight/​curly/​wavy/​frizzy/​spiky hair thick/​thin/​fine/​bushy/​thinning hair dyed/​bleached/​soft/​silky/​dry/​greasy/​shiny hair long/​short/​shoulder-length/​cropped hair a bald/​balding/​shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/​spot a side/​centre/(US English) center (British English) parting/ (North American English) partBody a long/​short/​thick/​slender/(disapproving) scrawny neck broad/​narrow/​sloping/​rounded/​hunched shoulders a bare/​broad/​muscular/​small/​large chest a flat/​swollen/​bulging stomach a small/​tiny/​narrow/​slim/​slender/28-inch waist big/​wide/​narrow/​slim hips a straight/​bent/​arched/​broad/​hairy back thin/​slender/​muscular arms big/​large/​small/​manicured/​calloused/​gloved hands long/​short/​fat/​slender/​delicate/​bony fingers long/​muscular/​hairy/​shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/​spindly legs muscular/​chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs big/​little/​small/​dainty/​wide/​narrow/​bare feet a good/​a slim/​a slender/​an hourglass figure be of slim/​medium/​average/​large/​athletic/​stocky build See related entries: Face
  2. 2-cheeked (in adjectives) having the type of cheeks mentioned chubby-cheeked/rosy-cheeked/hollow-cheeked More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  3. 3[countable] (informal) either of the buttocks
  4. 4[uncountable, singular] (British English) talk or behaviour that people think is annoying, rude or lacking in respect synonym nerve What a cheek! He had the cheek to ask his ex-girlfriend to babysit for them. I think they've got a cheek making you pay to park the car. See related entries: Describing annoying traits
  5. Word OriginOld English cē(a)ce, cēoce ‘cheek, jaw’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kaak.Extra examples Colour/​Color flooded to her cheeks when she realized she was being watched. He asked you for money? Of all the cheek! He felt his cheeks burning with shame. He kissed her on both cheeks and got on the train. He rested his cheek on her shoulder. He’s got a cheek, making you wait outside his office. Her cheeks were wet with tears. His red-rimmed eyes and sunken cheeks betrayed his lack of sleep. It’s an awful cheek, the way he keeps asking you to lend him money. She dabbed at her cheeks with a handkerchief. She gave him a peck on the cheek and said goodbye. She gave him a sharp slap across his cheek. She had a healthy bloom in her cheeks. She laid her cheek against his. She proffered her cheek to kiss. She smiled at him and the colour/​color rose to his cheeks. The colour flooded to his cheeks when he realized he was being watched. I think they’ve got a cheek making you pay to park the car. Of all the damned cheek! Make your own coffee! What struck him most was the colossal cheek of it all.Idioms
    cheek by jowl (with somebody/something)
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    very close to somebody/something The guests, packed cheek by jowl, parted as he entered.
    put roses in somebody’s cheeks
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    (British English, informal) to make somebody look healthy
    to make a deliberate decision to remain calm and not to act in an aggressive way when somebody has hurt you or made you angry
    with your tongue in your cheek, with tongue in cheek
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    if you say something with your tongue in your cheek, you are not being serious and mean it as a joke