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jowl1

[joul, johl] /dʒaʊl, dʒoʊl/
noun
1.
a jaw, especially the lower jaw.
2.
the cheek.
Origin
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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  • 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.
  • Part of the way he played was to store the air not in his lungs, but in his jowls.
  • Doctors are pulling polypropylene threads through patients' skin to raise sagging jowls, brows and necks.
  • His hands and jowls were sagging down and he had serious trouble keeping his eyes open.
  • He has dark eyes, incipient jowls, and a manner that can change in a moment from expansively genial to theatrically menacing.
  • He is aided by a pack of dogs, with thick, damp jowls and snouts.
  • The face is familiar: twinkling eyes, cherubic grin, that extra rigging of puckish jowls.
  • Special meats such as pork jowls and chicken thighs are in part imported.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for jowls

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Idioms and Phrases with jowls

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