tongue in cheek means: A statement that is “tongue-in-cheek” is ironic and sly humor. It isn’t meant to be taken serious, but it’s not intended to be. An “tongue-in-cheek” statement could have two meanings. It may contain some kind of inuendo, or be witty. The context or tone of the statement can make it more serious. It may also be funny to listeners. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Celso Ferrer)

What else does tongue in cheek mean?

  • If someone uses tongue-in cheek, it means that they are joking or kidding. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Clarissa Oconnor)
  • An tongue-in cheek statement is made in dead serious, knowing that it is intended to be a joke. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Krish Moss)
  • It is believed that it comes from the custom of sticking one’s tongue to the cheek in order to not laugh. It can be used to indicate that someone is joking or lying. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Cruz Berry)
  • To give the illusion of a *****, a tongue is placed into the cheek and a hand moves in a back-and-forth motion. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Charlie Jensen)
  • Tongue-in cheek is an expression that refers to humor where a statement can be made without being taken seriously but is still considered humorous. However, beware of the jackasses who try to make it a way out by using it as a card. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Briana Espinoza)
  • A person presses their tongue against their inside mouth to create a bulge in the cheek. It is used to tell another person to “**** off” without actually saying anything. This insult is used to say or do something the person receiving it finds offensive or difficult to handle. It is possible that the receiver may not be aware of the actions being performed by the others. This might be called a childish response to circumstances or environments they are powerless to change. (in Slang Dictionary, added by Kelsie Harris)