Meaning of “cheek” in the English Dictionary

"cheek" in British English

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cheeknoun

uk /tʃiːk/ us /tʃiːk/

cheek noun (FACE)

B1 [ C ] the soft part of your face that is below your eye and between your mouth and ear:

The tears ran 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 arrived half an hour after me. What a cheek!
[ + to infinitive ] She's got some cheek to take your car without asking.
He had the cheek to ask me to pay for her!
She's always getting into trouble for giving her teachers cheek (= being rude to them).

Idiom(s)

cheekverb [ T ]

uk /tʃiːk/ 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 your face below the eyes, where except at the top the skin has no bone behind it and is therefore soft:

She welcomed me with a kiss on the cheek.

cheek noun (RUDE BEHAVIOR)

[ U ] rude behavior 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)