jawbreaker

[jaw-brey-ker]

noun

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.

Origin of jawbreaker

First recorded in 1830–40; jaw1 + breaker1
Related formsjaw·break·ing, adjectivejaw·break·ing·ly, adverb
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Related Words for jawbreaker

sweet, bonbon, confectionery, jawbreaker, sweetmeat, confit, hokum

Examples from the Web for jawbreaker

Contemporary Examples of jawbreaker

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

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    November 24, 2009

Historical Examples of jawbreaker

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

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    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • 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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    Carleton Britton Case


British Dictionary definitions for jawbreaker

jawbreaker

noun

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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