- the jaw, jawbone; especially one of the lateral parts of the mandible.
- the cheek; especially the cheek meat of a hog.
(third-person singular simple present jowls, present participle jowling, simple past and past participle jowled)
- (obsolete) To throw, dash, or knock.
From Middle English chawl, chavel (“cheek, jaw”), from Old English ċeafl, from Proto-Germanic *keblą (compare Dutch kevels (“jawbones”), Swiss German Chifel), variant of *kebrą (compare German Kiefer), enlargement of Proto-Germanic *kebą (compare Low German Keve, Keben (“jaw; gill”) (pl.), Palatinate German Kife), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵebʰ- (compare Irish gob (“mouth”), Lithuanian žė̃bti (“to chew”), Czech žábra (“gills”), Avestan [script?] (zafar, “mouth”) [script?]).
- a fold of fatty flesh under the chin, around the cheeks, or lower jaw (as a dewlap, wattle, crop, or double chin).
- cut of fish including the head and adjacent parts
Middle English cholle (“wattle, jowl”), from Old English ċeole, ċeolu (“throat”), from Proto-Germanic *kelǭ (“gullet”) (compare West Frisian kiel, Dutch keel, German Kehle), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷelu- (“to swallow”) (compare Irish in-gilim (“I graze”), goile (“stomach”), Latin gula (“throat”), gluttīre (“to swallow”), Russian глотать (glotatʹ, “to swallow, gulp”), Greek δέλεαρ (délear, “lure”), Armenian կլանել (klanel, “I swallow”), Persian گلو (galû), Hindi गला (galā, “neck, throat”)).