Jowl definition

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The jaw, especially the lower jaw.
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The cheek.
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The meat of a hog's cheek.
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The fleshy hanging part under the lower jaw.
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The head and adjacent parts of a fish.
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The dewlap of cattle.
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The wattle of fowl.
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The jaw, especially the lower jaw.
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The cheek.
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The flesh of the lower cheeks or lower jaw, especially when plump or flaccid.
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A fleshy part similar to a jowl, such as the dewlap of a cow or the wattle of a fowl.
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The jaw, jawbone; especially one of the lateral parts of the mandible.
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The cheek; especially the cheek meat of a hog.
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(obsolete) To throw, dash, or knock.
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A fold of fatty flesh under the chin, around the cheeks, or lower jaw (as a dewlap, wattle, crop, or double chin).
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Cut of fish including the head and adjacent parts.
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The cheek.
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The flesh of the lower cheeks or lower jaw, especially when plump or flaccid.
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A fleshy part similar to a jowl, such as the dewlap of a cow or the wattle of a fowl.
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A jawbone or jaw; esp., the lower jaw with the chin and cheeks.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of jowl - joul

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jowl
Plural:
jowls

Origin of jowl

  • Alteration of Middle English cholle (influenced by Middle English joue jaw) (or jol head) perhaps akin to Old English ceole throat, dewlap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English chavel, chaule, jaule (influenced by joue jaw) (or jol head) from Old English ceafl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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?]).

    From Wiktionary