- (obsolete) The jaw, especially, the jaw of a beast.
(third-person singular simple present chavels, present participle chaveling, simple past and past participle chaveled)
- (dialectal) To chew.
From Middle English chavel, from Old English ċeafl (“a bill, beak, snout, jaw, jaw-bone, cheek, cheek-bone”), from Proto-Germanic *kaflaz, *keflaz, *kefraz (“jaw”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵēbh-, *gēbh- (“jaw, gills”). Cognate with Middle Low German kavel (“jaw, gums, palate”), Dutch kevels (“jawbones, toothless jaws”), Middle High German kivel, kivele, kiuwel (“jaw”). More at jowl.