- 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 jowls
Alastair Sim had jowls like melting candle wax, a snarl like a cornered cat and eyes cold with contempt.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Leno's face, although it glows with the rubbery health of the often-exfoliated, is falling, and jowls are begging to form.Conan Vs. Jay
May 2, 2010
He nodded, and this time his jowls bobbled instead of wobbled.A Spaceship Named McGuire
Gordon Randall Garrett
The wub waited good-naturedly, licking the water from its jowls.Beyond Lies the Wub
Philip Kindred Dick
The cat was heavier now and licking his jowls with contentment.Plowing On Sunday
Jowls and beans were cheap; he could afford to be liberal with that meal.The Bondboy
George W. (George Washington) Ogden
When at length she gave it up, his jowls were only a few shades lighter.Joan Thursday
Louis Joseph Vance
- 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 jowls
"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 jowls
see cheek by jowl.