- a jaw, especially the lower jaw.
- the cheek.
Origin of jowl1
- a fold of flesh hanging from the jaw, as of a very fat person.
- the meat of the cheek of a hog.
- the dewlap of cattle.
- the wattle of fowls.
Origin of jowl2
Examples from the Web for jowl
They are places where people sit cheek to jowl, maybe sneezing, maybe coughing, maybe puking.D.C. Moron Phil Gingrey Spread Ebola Fever Over Immigrants
July 15, 2014
A lot of us who live in cities…we live cheek to jowl with the dead.Discovering Underground Labyrinths, Remote Cities, and More of the World’s Lost Places
July 8, 2014
Then their noses touched, and he felt the warm little tongue of the puppy on his jowl.White Fang
And Czerny could live here, cheek by jowl with these fearsome mysteries!The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
Moisture gathered on his jet-black nose; he licked his jowl.A Young Man in a Hurry
Robert W. Chambers
Gulwing and Hartridge were over there on the sofa, cheek by jowl, and all was going well.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
If there is an element of annoyance mingled with the surprise, An Jowl!A Handbook of the Cornish Language
- the jaw, esp the lower one
- (often plural) a cheek, esp a prominent one
- cheek by jowl See cheek (def. 7)
- fatty flesh hanging from the lower jaw
- a similar fleshy part in animals, such as the wattle of a fowl or the dewlap of a bull
Word Origin and History for jowl
"jaw," 1570s, alteration of Middle English chawl (late 14c.), chavel (early 14c.), from Old English ceafl, from Proto-Germanic *kefalaz (cf. Middle High German kiver, German kiefer, Old Norse kjoptr "jaw," Danish kæft, Flemish kavel, Dutch kevel "gum"), from PIE *gep(h)- "jaw, mouth" (cf. Old Irish gop, Irish gob "beak, mouth"). The change from ch- to j- has not been explained.
Idioms and Phrases with jowl
see cheek by jowl.