The side of the face forming the side wall of the mouth. The cheek bone is part of the temporal bone of the skull that provides the prominence of the cheek. The word "cheek" comes from the Middle English "cheke" meaning the fleshy part of the jaw or jowl.
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The side of the face forming the lateral wall of the mouth. SYN: bucca, gena, mala (1). [A. S. ceáce]

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cheek 'chēk n
1) the fleshy side of the face below the eye and above and to the side of the mouth broadly the lateral aspect of the head
2) BUTTOCK (1)

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(chēk) 1. bucca. 2. any fleshy protuberance resembling the cheek of the face.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Cheek — (ch[=e]k), n. [OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. ce[ a]ce, ce[ o]ce; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, D. kaak cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw.] 1. The side of the face below the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. The cheek bone. [Obs.] Caucer. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. (Mech.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cheek — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Chris Cheek (* 1968), US amerikanischer Jazz Saxofonist James Richard Cheek, US amerikanischer Diplomat Joey Cheek (* 1979), US amerikanischer Eisschnellläufer Tom Cheek (1939–2005), US amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cheek — (n.) O.E. ceace, cece jaw, jawbone, also the fleshy wall of the mouth. Perhaps from the root of O.E. ceowan chew (see CHEW (Cf. chew)), or from P.Gmc. *kaukon (Cf. M.L.G. kake jaw, jawbone, M.Du. kake jaw, Du. kaak) …   Etymology dictionary

  • cheek — cheek; cheek·er; cheek·i·ly; cheek·i·ness; cheek·less; …   English syllables

  • cheek — ► NOUN 1) either side of the face below the eye. 2) either of the buttocks. 3) impertinence; audacity. ► VERB ▪ speak impertinently to. ● cheek by jowl Cf. ↑cheek by jowl …   English terms dictionary

  • Cheek — (ch[=e]k), v. t. To be impudent or saucy to. [Slang.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheek — [n1] side of human face chop*, choppers*, gill, jowl; concept 418 cheek [n2] audacity, boldness brashness, brass*, brazenness, chutzpah*, confidence, disrespect, effrontery, gall, impertinence, impudence, insolence, lip*, nerve*, presumption,… …   New thesaurus

  • cheek — [chēk] n. [ME cheke < OE ceoke, jaw, jawbone; akin to Du kaak, LowG kâke, jaw (only WGmc)] 1. either side of the face between the nose and ear, below the eye 2. either of two sides of a thing, as the sides of a door jamb or the jaws of a vise… …   English World dictionary

  • cheek — nerve, effrontery, hardihood, gall, *temerity, audacity Analogous words: boldness, intrepidity (see corresponding adjectives at BRAVE): impudence, brazenness, shamelessness, brashness (see corresponding adjectives at SHAMELESS) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cheek — noun 1 part of the face ADJECTIVE ▪ flushed, hot, warm ▪ cool ▪ smooth, soft ▪ ashen …   Collocations dictionary

  • cheek — cheek1 W3 [tʃi:k] n [: Old English; Origin: ceace] 1.) the soft round part of your face below each of your eyes ▪ Lucy stretched up to kiss his cheek. ▪ Billy had rosy cheeks and blue eyes. ▪ her tear stained cheeks ▪ Julie s cheeks flushed with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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