jowl

1
[ joul, johl ]
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noun
  1. a jaw, especially the lower jaw.

  2. the cheek.

Origin of jowl

1
before 1000; Middle English chawl, chavell,Old English ceafl jaw; cognate with Dutch kevel,German Kiefer,Old Norse kjaptr

Other words from jowl

  • jowled, adjective

Words Nearby jowl

Other definitions for jowl (2 of 2)

jowl2
[ joul, johl ]

noun
  1. a fold of flesh hanging from the jaw, as of a very fat person.

  2. the meat of the cheek of a hog.

  1. the dewlap of cattle.

  2. the wattle of fowls.

Origin of jowl

2
First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English cholle, Old English ceole “throat”; cognate with German Kehle “throat”
  • Also jole [johl] /dʒoʊl/

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How to use jowl in a sentence

  • This would be cheek-by-jowl with a bet that an heir would be born to one new-married pair before another pair.

  • The heavy jowl, the staring eye, and the blue-black moustache of the god made up a far-off resemblance to Mulvaney.

    Soldier Stories | Rudyard Kipling
  • "I'll jowl your head for impudence," said Mrs. Morel, and she tied the strings of the black bonnet valiantly under her chin.

    Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence
  • His agonised eyes, fear-stricken, glinted white in the moonlight, and there was foam on his jowl.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland

British Dictionary definitions for jowl (1 of 2)

jowl1

/ (dʒaʊl) /


noun
  1. the jaw, esp the lower one

  2. (often plural) a cheek, esp a prominent one

  1. cheek by jowl See cheek (def. 7)

Origin of jowl

1
Old English ceafl jaw; related to Middle High German kivel, Old Norse kjaptr

Derived forms of jowl

  • jowled, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for jowl (2 of 2)

jowl2

/ (dʒaʊl) /


noun
  1. fatty flesh hanging from the lower jaw

  2. a similar fleshy part in animals, such as the wattle of a fowl or the dewlap of a bull

Origin of jowl

2
Old English ceole throat; compare Old High German kela

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Other Idioms and Phrases with jowl

jowl

see cheek by jowl.

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