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[jaw-brey-ker] /ˈdʒɔˌbreɪ kər/
Informal. a word that is hard to pronounce.
a very hard, usually round, candy.
Also called jaw crusher. Mining. a machine used to break up ore, consisting of a fixed plate and a hinged jaw moved by a toggle joint.
Origin of jawbreaker
First recorded in 1830-40; jaw1 + breaker1
Related forms
jawbreaking, adjective
jawbreakingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • He had been careful, however, to pick the jawbreaker up and put it in his mouth.

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    Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Well, you see, hes the only fellow in the club who knows how to pronounce the names of those Russian and Polish jawbreaker towns.

    Anecdotes of the Great War

    Carleton Britton Case
British Dictionary definitions for jawbreaker


Also called jawcrusher. a device having hinged jaws for crushing rocks and ores
(informal) a word that is hard to pronounce
Derived Forms
jawbreaking, adjective
jawbreakingly, adverb
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Slang definitions & phrases for jawbreaker



  1. A long word or a word difficult to pronounce: Diphenyl-pentoactomaggetoneplangianoliosis is something of a jawbreaker (1835+)
  2. A piece of hard candy, esp a spherical piece with bubblegum in the center (1875+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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