1 [joul, johl]

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

jowled, adjective Unabridged


2 [joul, johl]
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.

1275–1325; Middle English cholle, Old English ceole throat; cognate with German Kehle throat Unabridged
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jowl1 (dʒaʊl)
1.  the jaw, esp the lower one
2.  (often plural) a cheek, esp a prominent one
3.  cheek by jowl See cheek
[Old English ceafl jaw; related to Middle High German kivel, Old Norse kjaptr]

jowl2 (dʒaʊl)
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
[Old English ceole throat; compare Old High German kela]

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Word Origin & History

1577, from M.E. cholle "fold of flesh hanging from the jaw" (c.1320), perhaps related to O.E. ceole "throat" (cognate of O.Ir. gop, Ir. gob "beak, mouth"). A slightly different jowl, meaning "jaw," evolved from O.E. ceafl, from P.Gmc. *kaflaz (cf. Ger. kiefer, O.N. kjaptr "jaw," Flem. kavel, Du. kevel
"gum"), and the two words influenced one another in form and sense. The change from ch- to j- has not been explained.
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Medical Dictionary

jowl 1 (joul)

  1. The jaw, especially the lower jaw.

  2. The cheek.

jowl 2
The flesh under the lower jaw, especially when plump or flaccid.

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There were those that were cowering as they approached others, keeping their
  head low and licking the jowls of the dominant ones.
Gravity makes the situation worse, contributing to the formation of jowls and
  drooping eyelids.
Don't be fooled by the creased brow and sagging jowls on the geezer gingerly
  ambling into the room.
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