jowl

1
[ joul, johl ]
/ dʒaʊl, dʒoʊl /

noun

a jaw, especially the lower jaw.
the cheek.

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Origin of jowl

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

Definition for jowl (2 of 2)

jowl

2
[ joul, johl ]
/ dʒaʊl, dʒoʊl /

noun

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.
Also jole.

Origin of jowl

2
1275–1325; Middle English cholle, Old English ceole throat; cognate with German Kehle throat
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British Dictionary definitions for jowl (1 of 2)

jowl

1
/ (dʒaʊl) /

noun

the jaw, esp the lower one
(often plural) a cheek, esp a prominent one
cheek by jowl See cheek (def. 7)
Derived Formsjowled, adjective

Word Origin for jowl

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

British Dictionary definitions for jowl (2 of 2)

jowl

2
/ (dʒaʊl) /

noun

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 for jowl

Old English ceole throat; compare Old High German kela
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Idioms and Phrases with jowl

jowl


see cheek by jowl.

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