[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. jaw-dropping,
  2. jaw-winking syndrome,
  3. jawan,
  4. jawara,
  5. jawbone,
  6. jawed,
  7. jawfish,
  8. jawlensky,
  9. jawless fish,
  10. jawlike

Origin of jawbreaker

First recorded in 1830–40; jaw1 + breaker1

Related formsjaw·break·ing, adjectivejaw·break·ing·ly, adverb

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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 Formsjawbreaking, adjectivejawbreakingly, adverb

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