It's believed that this saying was created by an English humorist in the 1800s. Most people have difficulty saying anything with their tongue in their cheek. But some people actually do stick their tongue against the inside of their cheek after saying a joke to show that they're only kidding. Source(s):
http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/come_from/tongue_cheek.html The term tongue-in-cheek refers to a style of humour in which things are said only half seriously, or in a subtly mocking way something meant or expressed ironically or facetiously. It means to be ironic...not completely serious about what your saying. i can't really explain it but it is like sarcasim. Saying some or representing something as the opposite. It would be like give a guy who beats his kids a t-shirt that says "#1 Dad". See the link below! Enjoy! Everyone below pretty much got this right.
Meant or expressed ironically or facetiously.
adj : cleverly amusing in tone; "a bantering tone"; "facetious remarks"; "tongue-in-cheek advice" [syn: bantering, facetious] adv 1: in a bantering fashion; "he spoke to her banteringly" [syn: banteringly] 2: not seriously; "I meant it facetiously" [syn: facetiously, jokingly] Source(s):
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