buttock vs cheek what difference

what is difference between buttock and cheek

English

Etymology

From Middle English buttok, probably from Old English buttuc (end; end piece”; also, “short piece of land). Attested with its current anatomical meaning since 1300. A diminutive form of what is presumably the Old English precursor of butt +‎ -ock (diminutive suffix).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtək/, /ˈbɐtək/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbʌtək/, [ˈbəɾək]

Noun

buttock (plural buttocks)

  1. (usually in the plural) Each of the two large fleshy halves of the posterior part of the body between the base of the back, the perineum and the top of the legs.
    Synonyms: (crude) asscheek, cheek; see also Thesaurus:buttocks
  2. (nautical) The convexity of a ship behind, under the stern.
    • 1925, Adventure, Volume 54
      There came a blast of freezing wind that made Skell shrug himself against the oaken post on which the ship’s buttock rested.

Usage notes

The plural form is usually used in the singular sense for a single person’s posterior, often called butt.
It is rarer to refer to only a single buttock, which is then usually specified as left or right.

Derived terms

  • quakebuttock

Translations

See also

  • callipygian/callipygous
  • dasypygal

References

  • Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “buttock”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.


English

Etymology

From Middle English cheeke, cheke, cheoke, choke, from Old English ċēce, ċēace, ċēoce (cheek; jaw), from Proto-Germanic *kekǭ, *kēkǭ, *kakǭ, *kaukǭ, *keukǭ (jaw; palate; pharynx), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵyewh₁- (to chew).

Cognate with Saterland Frisian Sooke (cheek), West Frisian tsjeak (jaw), Dutch kaak (jaw; cheek), Swedish käke (jaw; jowl), Norwegian kjake (jaw), Old Norse kók (mouth; gullet).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: chēk, IPA(key): /tʃiːk/

Noun

cheek (countable and uncountable, plural cheeks)

  1. (anatomy) The soft skin on each side of the face, below the eyes; the outer surface of the sides of the oral cavity.
    Synonym: (obsolete) wang
  2. (anatomy, informal, usually in the plural) The lower part of the buttocks that is often exposed beneath very brief underwear, swimwear, or extremely short shorts.
    Synonyms: arsecheek, asscheek, butt cheek, nether cheek
  3. (figuratively, informal, uncountable) Impudence.
    Synonyms: impertinence, impudence, (slang) brass neck, (informal) nerve, (informal, especially US) sass, chutzpah
  4. (biology, informal) One of the genae, flat areas on the sides of a trilobite’s cephalon.
  5. One of the pieces of a machine, or of timber or stonework, that form corresponding sides or a similar pair.
    1. (nautical) pump-cheek, pump-cheeks, a piece of wood cut out fork-shaped in which the brake is fastened by means of a bolt and can thus move around and move the upper box of the pump up and down
  6. (in the plural) The branches of a bridle bit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  7. Either side of an axehead.
  8. (metalworking) The middle section of a flask, made so that it can be moved laterally, to permit the removal of the pattern from the mould.

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • buccal
  • genal

Verb

cheek (third-person singular simple present cheeks, present participle cheeking, simple past and past participle cheeked)

  1. To be impudent towards.
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, “Sunday,” [1]
      We did not like him much because he kissed us and was preachy when we cheeked pretty Tallie, who did not rule over us as Dede did []
    Don’t cheek me, you little rascal!
  2. To pull a horse’s head back toward the saddle using the cheek strap of the bridle.

Anagrams

  • Keech, keech

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