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lantern jaw

noun

  1. a distinctly protruding, often wide lower jaw.
  2. a long, thin jaw.


lantern jaw

noun

  1. whenplural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lantern jaw1

First recorded in 1690–1700; so called from the fancied resemblance of the face to the shape of a lantern

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Example Sentences

He had a long pale face with an indifferent complexion and the common American lantern jaw.

It wasn't too good a target because he had a lantern jaw and it was bobbing up and down as he munched on a wad of chewing gum.

To me the years have sent a tawny beard and a woeful lantern jaw.

Say, wouldst thou rise with a lantern jaw and a spavined knee?

Looking at him, Johnnie saw that big Adam's-apple move convulsively, while the green eye swam, and the lantern jaw fell.

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