AskDefine | Define cheek

Dictionary Definition



1 either side of the face below the eyes
2 an impudent statement [syn: impudence, impertinence]
3 either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump [syn: buttock]
4 impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: boldness, nerve, brass, face] v : speak impudently to

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Proper noun

  1. The word Cheek is also an old family surname from Anglo-Saxon England that predates the Norman invasion. The Cheek family was among the first to immigrate to the US colonies in the early 17th century. The family crest is a white shield with three red crescents.

Extensive Definition

Cheeks (Latin: buccae) constitute the area of the face below the eyes and between the nose and the left or right ear.
It is fleshy in humans and other mammals, the skin being suspended by the chin and the jaws, and forming the lateral wall of the human mouth, visibly touching the cheekbone below the eye. In vertebrates, markings on the cheek area (malar stripes/spots/...), particularly immediately beneath the eye, often serve as important distinguishing features between species or individuals.
"Buccal" means relating to the cheek. In humans, the region is innervated by the buccal nerve.
cheek in Arabic: وجنة
cheek in German: Wange
cheek in Dhivehi: ކޯ
cheek in Spanish: Mejilla
cheek in Esperanto: Vango
cheek in French: Joue
cheek in Indonesian: Pipi
cheek in Italian: Guancia
cheek in Hebrew: לחי (איבר)
cheek in Pampanga: Pisngi
cheek in Latin: Mala
cheek in Dutch: Wang (anatomie)
cheek in Japanese: 頬
cheek in Pangasinan: Aping
cheek in Polish: Policzek
cheek in Portuguese: Bochecha
cheek in Sicilian: Mascidda (guancia)
cheek in Simple English: Cheek
cheek in Finnish: Poski
cheek in Swedish: Kind
cheek in Tagalog: Pisngi
cheek in Thai: แก้ม
cheek in Turkish: Yanak
cheek in Yiddish: באק

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