Definition of Cheshire cat in English:

Cheshire cat

noun

  • A cat depicted with a broad fixed grin, as popularized through Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865).

    • ‘I simply nodded my head with a Cheshire cat grin.’
    • ‘Just thinking about the moment makes her beam like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘And a gentle trip around Christ Church gives Lewis Carroll fans a treat by re-discovering the real world of Alice and the Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘We watched Alice in Wonderland, laughing at the silly Cheshire cat and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee.’
    • ‘Everyone winces a bit but Gray just sits there, giddily happy, grinning as if he were the Cheshire cat and someone had just complimented his invisibility.’
    • ‘With the help of a decrepit Cheshire cat, Alice must battle the undead and the queen's guards in order to save Wonderland from a horrible fate.’
    • ‘I can almost feel his Cheshire cat grin over my shoulder.’
    • ‘She opened her streaming, dead green eyes, grinning so widely that she looked like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘Only his outrage, like the grin of the Cheshire cat, is clear.’
    • ‘A Cheshire cat grin spread across my face, ‘What, cat got your tongue?’’
    • ‘How, for example, does one represent the elusive Cheshire cat whose face disappears, leaving only its trademark grin?’
    • ‘He gave me a big Cheshire cat grin and a sudden, sloppy kiss.’
    • ‘The ultimate goal of the Socratic method is for the students to ask their own questions while the teacher does nothing at all, disappearing like the Cheshire cat, with a grin and a wave.’
    • ‘There is the hallucinogenic Cheshire cat and the sleeping doormouse in Alice in Wonderland.’
    • ‘She gave me a Cheshire cat grin and pecked my cheek.’
    • ‘With Cheshire cat smiles, they claim they're only the messengers.’
    • ‘When I saw the exhibition at a second venue, the spare white gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Cheshire cat was back, more vivid than ever.’
    • ‘His grin reminded me of a Cheshire cat and I decided that a couple of kilometres over the limit wouldn't hurt too much.’
    • ‘‘I think it would have been better if the Cheshire cat murdered everyone in the end,’ I said as we walked towards our car.’
    • ‘She smiled at him again, looking like a Cheshire cat.’

Phrases

  • grin like a Cheshire cat

    • Have a broad fixed smile on one's face.

      • ‘I grinned like a Cheshire cat as I opened the hut door and started down the steps inside.’
      • ‘I looked up to see her grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      • ‘He walks into the kitchen, grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      • ‘How was I supposed to be seductive and persuasive when I was grinning like a Cheshire cat?’
      • ‘I could sense that she was probably grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      • ‘Beth looked up to see Charlie grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      • ‘Perfect, now I just had to stop grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      • ‘Is he trying not to smile but inside grinning like a Cheshire cat?’
      • ‘Connor was grinning like a Cheshire cat when I'd finished.’
      • ‘She turned towards Mark who was grinning like a Cheshire cat.’
      grin, smile, dimple, grin like a cheshire cat, twinkle, smirk, laugh
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Origin

Late 18th century: of unknown origin, but it is said that Cheshire cheeses used to be marked with the face of a smiling cat.

Pronunciation

Cheshire cat

/tʃɛʃə ˈkat/