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jawbreaker

[ jaw-brey-ker ]
/ ˈdʒɔˌbreɪ kər /
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noun
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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Origin of jawbreaker

First recorded in 1830–40; jaw1 + breaker1

OTHER WORDS FROM jawbreaker

jawbreaking, adjectivejaw·break·ing·ly, adverb

Words nearby jawbreaker

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How to use jawbreaker in a sentence

  • His title is a jawbreaker: director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

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  • He had been careful, however, to pick the jawbreaker up and put it in his mouth.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jawbreaker

jawbreaker
/ (ˈdʒɔːˌbreɪkə) /

noun
Also called: jawcrusher a device having hinged jaws for crushing rocks and ores
informal a word that is hard to pronounce

Derived forms of jawbreaker

jawbreaking, adjectivejawbreakingly, adverb
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