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jowl1

[joul, johl] /dʒaʊl, dʒoʊl/
noun
1.
a jaw, especially the lower jaw.
2.
the cheek.
Origin of jowl1
1000
before 1000; Middle English chawl, chavell, Old English ceafl jaw; cognate with Dutch kevel, German Kiefer, Old Norse kjaptr
Related forms
jowled, adjective

jowl2

[joul, johl] /dʒaʊl, dʒoʊl/
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.
3.
the dewlap of cattle.
4.
the wattle of fowls.
Also, jole.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English cholle, Old English ceole throat; cognate with German Kehle throat
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  • Her cheeks were puffy red, her eyes jutted poppily from the sockets, and her jowls dripped.

    Wanted: A Husband Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • jowls and beans were cheap; he could afford to be liberal with that meal.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • The jowls are taken off the head and salted with the bacon and hams.

    The Pig Sanders Spencer
  • When at length she gave it up, his jowls were only a few shades lighter.

    Joan Thursday Louis Joseph Vance
  • And he rubbed my hand over the cold nose and jowls of a dog.

  • The newcomer vainly strove to move his icebound jaws and jowls.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • The wub waited good-naturedly, licking the water from its jowls.

    Beyond Lies the Wub Philip Kindred Dick
  • Puffeth with his mouth in a way hateful to me & hath pig's jowls.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
British Dictionary definitions for jowls

jowl1

/dʒaʊl/
noun
1.
the jaw, esp the lower one
2.
(often pl) a cheek, esp a prominent one
3.
cheek by jowl, See cheek (sense 7)
Derived Forms
jowled, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ceafl jaw; related to Middle High German kivel, Old Norse kjaptr

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
Word Origin
Old English ceole throat; compare Old High German kela
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Word Origin and History for jowls

jowl

n.

"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.

"fold of flesh under the jaw," 1590s, alteration of Middle English cholle "fold of flesh hanging from the jaw" (c.1300), perhaps from Old English ceole "throat," from PIE *gwele- "to swallow" (see glut). This word and jowl (n.1) influenced one another in form and sense.

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jowls in Medicine

jowl 1 (joul)
n.

  1. The jaw, especially the lower jaw.

  2. The cheek.

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

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Idioms and Phrases with jowls

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