Meaning of (with) tongue in cheek in English:

(with) tongue in cheek


  • Speaking or writing in an ironic or insincere way.

    ‘one suspects that he is writing with tongue in cheek’
    ‘his tongue is still tucked firmly in his cheek’
    • ‘The trouble with me is most of the things I say are tongue in cheek, very flippant.’
    • ‘The topic was chosen to some extent with tongue in cheek, not least because neither I nor my audience would be around in 800 years to verify the accuracy of my predictions.’
    • ‘An uncle of Niamh and Peter heard the youngsters playing and said, initially with tongue in cheek, that they should make a CD.’
    • ‘My own favourite notice from the same era was one written by my Oxford College authorities, doubtless with tongue in cheek.’
    • ‘I'm not really a fan, I don't find him that funny, so I was a little dubious about it, but it was great, very camp, cheesy and tongue in cheek!’
    • ‘I know I've been talking about the collapse of Japanese society recently, but it was tongue in cheek.’
    • ‘The question was rather tongue in cheek, but it certainly provoked conversation.’
    • ‘Remarks like that, no doubt tongue in cheek, are unlikely to calm things.’
    • ‘Certainly his comments about correct spelling and grammer must be tongue in cheek.’
    • ‘If that last comment was intended to be tongue in cheek, the others certainly were not.’
    playful, in jest, joking, jokey, as a joke, tongue in cheek, light-hearted, high-spirited, unserious, facetious, flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, for a laugh