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lantern jaw

a distinctly protruding, often wide lower jaw.
a long, thin jaw.
Origin of lantern jaw
First recorded in 1690-1700; so called from the fancied resemblance of the face to the shape of a lantern Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Say, wouldst thou rise with a lantern jaw and a spavined knee?

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • Looking at him, Johnnie saw that big Adam's-apple move convulsively, while the green eye swam, and the lantern jaw fell.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It wasn't too good a target because he had a lantern jaw and it was bobbing up and down as he munched on a wad of chewing gum.

  • Jack exploded unexpectedly, and smote Hank on his lantern jaw with the flat of his palm.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • He sent haymakers crashing to Joe's lantern jaw, heart, and solar plexus.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • He had a long pale face with an indifferent complexion and the common American lantern jaw.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for lantern jaw

lantern jaw

when plural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw. a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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lantern jaw in Medicine

lantern jaw lan·tern jaw (lān'tərn)

  1. A lower jaw that protrudes beyond the upper jaw.

  2. A long, thin jaw that gives the face a gaunt appearance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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