- either of two bones, the mandible or maxilla, forming the framework of the mouth.
- the part of the face covering these bones, the mouth, or the mouth parts collectively: My jaw is swollen.
- jaws, anything resembling a pair of jaws or evoking the concept of grasping and holding: the jaws of a gorge; the jaws of death.
- one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something: the jaws of a vise.
- any of two or more protruding parts for attaching to or meshing with similar parts.
- Often jaws. Also called throat. Nautical. a forked piece at the end of a gaff, fitting halfway around the mast.
- idle talk; chatter.
- impertinent talk.
- to talk; chat; gossip.
- to scold or use abusive language.
- Slang. to scold.
Origin of jaw1
- a swelling wave of water; billow.
- (of liquid) to surge, splash, or dash forward, as in waves.
- to pour or splash (liquid).
Origin of jaw2
Examples from the Web for jaw
It took me 1,015 strokes to see this shade of green in a world of orange, and my jaw nearly dropped.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
And soon all of America got to see Ray in the ring with Janay, hitting her with a shot in the jaw.The $44 Million Teflon Don of the NFL
November 30, 2014
He dropped and I felt a tight surge in my stomach that ran all the way up to my jaw.
I shifted and put the casing in my pocket, and when I did, I felt a quickening from my stomach to my jaw.
He caught the first round in his thin and neatly clipped beard, right under the jaw.
But yesterday he up and bashed a fellow in the jaw, and the man went down.Way of the Lawless
Stanley's jaw dropped, but it was surprise which slackened the muscles.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Urga got up groggily, feeling gingerly the tender point of his jaw.Slaves of Mercury
For a moment Thad could see great, hooked fangs in that jaw.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
You'll get a punch on the jaw in a minute, young fellow me lad!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
- the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth. In higher vertebrates it consists of the upper jaw (maxilla) fused to the cranium and the lower jaw (mandible)Related adjectives: gnathal, gnathic
- the corresponding part of an invertebrate, esp an insect
- a pair or either of a pair of hinged or sliding components of a machine or tool designed to grip an object
- impudent talk; cheek
- idle conversation; chat
- moralizing talk; a lecture
- (intr) slang
- to talk idly; chat; gossip
- to lecture
Word Origin and History for jaw
1610s, "to catch in the jaws, devour," from jaw (n.). In slang from 1748, "to gossip, to speak" 1810, "to scold." Related: Jawed; jawing. Hence 19c. U.S. slang jawsmith "talkative person" (1887).
- Either of two bony structures that form the framework of the mouth and hold the teeth.
- The mandible or maxilla or the part of the face covering these bones.
- Either of two bony or cartilaginous structures that in most vertebrate animals form the framework of the mouth, hold the teeth, and are used for biting and chewing food. The lower, movable part of the jaw is the mandible. The upper, fixed part is the maxilla.
- Any of various structures of invertebrate animals, such as the pincers of spiders or mites, that function similarly to the jaws of vertebrates.