Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
  2. (noun, body) a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)

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Alternate forms of Jowl

Derivations: jowly

Hyponyms: lantern jaw

Hypernyms: articulator, feature, jaw, lineament

Origin of the word Jowl

  1. 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. kevelmore

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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