[ jaw-drop-ing ]

  1. causing astonishment or surprise; amazing: The company has reported a jaw-dropping annual profit of $30 billion.

Origin of jaw-dropping

First recorded in 1900–05; jaw1 + dropping

Other words from jaw-dropping

  • jaw-drop·ping·ly, adverb

Words Nearby jaw-dropping

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How to use jaw-dropping in a sentence

  • Holmes stared at the sight of the four girls standing there, fully dressed, his jaw dropping.

  • I think nothing ever surprised me more, I stared at the man like a fool, my jaw dropping, and my eyes bulging.

    The God in the Box | Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • The Literate in the screen blinked; that was the equivalent, for him, of anybody else's jaw dropping to his midriff.

    Null-ABC | Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • And still aimlessly shaking his head, he sat staring at the opposite side of the ravine, the lower jaw dropping a little.

    The History of David Grieve | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Suddenly the engine driver staggered away from the vaquero, his jaw dropping, his cigarette falling unheeded to the ground.

    The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey

British Dictionary definitions for jaw-dropping


  1. informal amazing

Derived forms of jaw-dropping

  • jaw-droppingly, adverb

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