Jowl Definition

joul
jowls
noun
jowls
A jawbone or jaw; esp., the lower jaw with the chin and cheeks.
Webster's New World
The cheek.
Webster's New World
The meat of a hog's cheek.
Webster's New World
The fleshy hanging part under the lower jaw.
Webster's New World
The wattle of fowl.
Webster's New World
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verb

(obsolete) To throw, dash, or knock.

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Other Word Forms of Jowl

Noun

Singular:
jowl
Plural:
jowls

Origin of Jowl

  • 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

  • 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

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