[ jaw-brey-ker ]
/ ˈdʒɔˌbreɪ kər /
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Informal. a word that is hard to pronounce: real jawbreakers like "antidisestablishmentarianism" or "antiangiogenic."
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM jawbreakerjawbreaking, adjectivejaw·break·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use jawbreaker in a sentence
Now an' then, when there's too many yawnin' to once in the congregation, Parson'll out with a reg'lar jaw-breaker to wake 'em up.The Story Of Waitstill Baxter|By Kate Douglas Wiggin
That's a real jaw-breaker, Namesake, and means one who knows everything about all sorts of birds—or thinks he does.When Grandmamma Was New|Marion Harland
In fact, she almost did forget them once or twice at moments when Janet McFadden was busy sucking the jaw-breaker.A Little Question in Ladies' Rights|Parker Fillmore
British Dictionary definitions for jawbreaker
/ (ˈdʒɔːˌbreɪkə) /
Also called: jawcrusher a device having hinged jaws for crushing rocks and ores
informal a word that is hard to pronounce
Derived forms of jawbreakerjawbreaking, adjectivejawbreakingly, adverb
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