cheek Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “cheek” in the English Dictionary

"cheek" in British English

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cheeknoun

uk   us   /tʃiːk/

cheek noun (FACE)

B1 [C] the ​softpart of ​yourface that is below ​youreye and between ​yourmouth and ​ear: The ​tearsran down her cheeks. rosy cheeks He ​embraced her, ​kissing her on both cheeks.
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cheek noun (BEHAVIOUR)

[S or U] UK behaviour or ​talk that is ​rude and ​shows no ​respect: He told me off for being late when he ​arrivedhalf an ​hour after me. What a cheek! [+ to infinitive] She's got some cheek to take ​yourcar without ​asking. He had the cheek toask me to ​pay for her! She's always getting into ​trouble for giving her ​teachers cheek (= being ​rude to them).

cheek noun (BOTTOM)

[C] informal either of the two ​halves of ​yourbottom

cheekverb [T]

uk   us   /tʃiːk/ UK informal
to be ​rude to someone: He's always getting into ​trouble for cheeking his ​teachers.
(Definition of cheek from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cheek" in American English

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cheeknoun

 us   /tʃik/

cheek noun (BODY PART)

[C] either ​side of ​yourface below the ​eyes, where except at the ​top the ​skin has no ​bone behind it and is ​thereforesoft: She ​welcomed me with a ​kiss on the cheek.

cheek noun (RUDE BEHAVIOR)

[U] rudebehavior or ​lack of ​respect: [+ to infinitive] First he ​messed up my ​work and then he had the cheek to ​accuse me of being ​disorganized.
(Definition of cheek from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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