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cheese1

[cheez] /tʃiz/
noun
1.
the curd of milk separated from the whey and prepared in many ways as a food.
2.
a definite mass of this substance, often in the shape of a wheel or cylinder.
3.
something of similar shape or consistency, as a mass of pomace in cider-making.
4.
Informal. partly digested milk curds sometimes spit up by infants.
5.
cheeses, any of several mallows, especially Malva neglecta, a sprawling,weedy plant having small lavender or white flowers and round, flat, segmented fruits thought to resemble little wheels of cheese.
6.
Slang: Vulgar. smegma.
7.
Metalworking.
  1. a transverse section cut from an ingot, as for making into a tire.
  2. an ingot or billet made into a convex, circular form by blows at the ends.
8.
a low curtsy.
verb (used without object), cheesed, cheesing.
9.
Informal. (of infants) to spit up partly digested milk curds.
verb (used with object), cheesed, cheesing.
10.
Metalworking. to forge (an ingot or billet) into a cheese.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English chese, Old English cēse (cognate with Old Saxon kāsi, German Käse) < Latin cāseus

cheese2

[cheez] /tʃiz/
verb (used with object), cheesed, cheesing. Slang.
1.
to stop; desist.
Idioms
2.
cheese it,
  1. look out!
  2. run away!
Origin
1805-15; perhaps alteration of cease

cheese3

[cheez] /tʃiz/
noun, Slang.
1.
a person or thing that is important or splendid.
Origin
1905-10; perhaps < Urdu chīz thing < Persian
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  • To make the filling, in a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until the mixture is smooth and light.
  • You'll spend money on wine and cheese and enjoy some hangout time with friends.
  • Goat cheese and other dairy products are already popular gourmet items.
  • The pairing of wine with cheese has long been a given.
  • cheese is an everyday artifact of microbial artistry.
  • He tells the bartender the cheese is no good, he can't smell a thing.
  • Delicate mascarpone cheese is a natural companion to sweet caramelized carrots in this brightly hued risotto.
  • We tried the cheese and got a pizza with a sturdy, slightly sweet tomato sauce on a hand-stretched crust.
  • For instance, imagining eating chocolate wouldn't prevent you from gorging on cheese.
  • The trout is caught by the fisherman's lure, the mouse by cheese.
British Dictionary definitions for cheese

cheese1

/tʃiːz/
noun
1.
the curd of milk separated from the whey and variously prepared as a food
2.
a mass or complete cake of this substance
3.
any of various substances of similar consistency, etc: lemon cheese
4.
(slang) big cheese, an important person
5.
as alike as chalk and cheese, as different as chalk and cheese, See chalk (sense 6)
Word Origin
Old English cēse, from Latin cāseus cheese; related to Old Saxon kāsi

cheese2

/tʃiːz/
verb (slang)
1.
(transitive) to stop; desist
2.
(intransitive) (prison slang) to act in a grovelling manner
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cheese
n.

Old English cyse (West Saxon), cese (Anglian) "cheese," from West Germanic *kasjus (cf. Old Saxon kasi, Old High German chasi, German Käse, Middle Dutch case, Dutch kaas), from Latin caseus "cheese" (source of Italian cacio, Spanish queso, Irish caise, Welsh caws).

Of unknown origin; perhaps from a PIE root *kwat- "to ferment, become sour" (cf. Prakrit chasi "buttermilk;" Old Church Slavonic kvasu "leaven; fermented drink," kyselu "sour," -kyseti "to turn sour;" Czech kysati "to turn sour, rot;" Sanskrit kvathati "boils, seethes;" Gothic hwaþjan "foam"). Also cf. fromage. Old Norse ostr, Danish ost, Swedish ost are related to Latin ius "broth, sauce, juice."

Earliest references would be to compressed curds of milk used as food; pressed or molded cheeses with rinds are 14c. Transferred to other cheese-like substances by 1530s. As a photographer's word to make subjects hold a smile, it is attested from 1930, but in a reminiscence of schoolboy days, which suggests an earlier use. Probably for the forced smile involved in making the -ee- sound. Green cheese is that newly made; the notion that the moon is made of green cheese as a type of a ridiculous assertion is from 1520s. To make cheeses was a schoolgirls' amusement (1835) of wheeling rapidly so one's petticoats blew out in a circle then dropping down so they came to rest inflated and resembling a wheel of cheese; hence, used figuratively for "a deep curtsey."

"the proper thing," from Urdu chiz "a thing," from Persian chiz, from Old Persian *ciš-ciy "something," from PIE pronomial stem *kwo- (see who). Picked up by British in India by 1818 and used in the sense of "a big thing" (especially in the phrase the real chiz).

This perhaps is behind the expression big cheese "important person" (1914), but that is American English in origin and likely rather belongs to cheese (n.1). To cut a big cheese as a figurative expression for "look important" is recorded from 1915, and overlarge wheels of cheese, especially from Wisconsin, were commonly displayed 19c. as publicity stunts by retailers, etc.

The cheese will be on exhibition at the National Dairy Show at Chicago next week. President Taft will visit the show the morning of Monday, October thirtieth, and after his address he will be invited to cut the big cheese, which will then be distributed in small lots to visitors at the show. ["The Country Gentleman," Oct. 28, 1911]

v.

"stop (what one is doing), run off," 1812, thieves' slang, of uncertain origin. Meaning "to smile" is from 1930 (see cheese (n.1)). For meaning "to annoy," see cheesed.

CHEESE IT. Be silent, be quiet, don't do it. Cheese it, the coves are fly; be silent, the people understand our discourse. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]

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Slang definitions & phrases for cheese

cheese

noun
  1. Nonsense; lies; exaggerations; baloney: What a line of cheese (1950s+)
  2. A fastball (1980s+ Baseball)
  3. Vomit: There was cheese all over the floor in the subway station
  4. Something out of date, often something so appallingly out of date that it has a certain chic appeal; camp, corn: That brown dress you're wearing is total cheese/ Lime-green shag carpeting is Cheese. Wide-bodied neckties are Cheese (1980s+ Students)
  5. Money; cheddar
verb
  1. cheese it
  2. (also cut the cheese) To flatulate; fart (1970s+)
  3. To vomit; barf (1970s+)
  4. To make someone look outlandish; make cheesy: A lot of actresses want to preserve the integrity of their characters, but I said ''Cheese me up! Go ahead'' (1990s+)
Related Terms

big cheese, eat cheese, hard cheese, make the cheese more binding


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cheese in the Bible

(A.S. cese). This word occurs three times in the Authorized Version as the translation of three different Hebrew words: (1.) 1 Sam. 17:18, "ten cheeses;" i.e., ten sections of curd. (2.) 2 Sam. 17:29, "cheese of kine" = perhaps curdled milk of kine. The Vulgate version reads "fat calves." (3.) Job 10:10, curdled milk is meant by the word.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with cheese

cheese

In addition to the idioms beginning with cheese cheese it also see: big cheese
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