noun /dʒaʊl/
a) the jaw, jawbone; especially one of the lateral parts of the mandible.

I had lain, therefore, all that time, cheek by jowl with Blackbeard himself, with only a thin shell of tinder wood to keep him from me, and now had thrust my hand into his coffin and plucked away his beard.

b) the cheek; especially the cheek meat of a hog.

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  • Jowl — (joul or j[=o]l), n. [For older chole, chaul, AS. ceaft jaw. Cf. {Chaps}.] The cheek; the jaw. [Written also {jole}, {choule}, {chowle}, and {geoule}.] [1913 Webster] {Cheek by jowl}, with the cheeks close together; side by side; in close… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jowl|y — «JOW lee», adjective, jowl|i|er, jowl|i|est. having large or prominent jowls; having a double chin: »a red faced Scot of two hundred and fifty pounds, jowly and lugubrious of expression (Maclean s) –jowl´i|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • jowl — [ dʒaul ] noun count LITERARY the lower part of your cheek, especially if the skin hangs down and covers your jaw cheek by jowl if two or more things are cheek by jowl, they are very close to each other …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Jowl — Jowl, v. t. To throw, dash, or knock. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] How the knave jowls it to the ground. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jowl — [dʒaul] n [C usually plural] [: Old English; Origin: ceole] the skin that covers your lower jaw on either side of your face ▪ a man with heavy jowls (=jowls that hang down slightly) →cheek by jowl at ↑cheek1 (3) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • jowl — jowl·er; jowl; …   English syllables

  • jowl — ► NOUN 1) the lower part of a cheek, especially when fleshy or drooping. 2) N. Amer. the cheek of a pig as meat. 3) the dewlap of cattle or wattle of birds. DERIVATIVES jowled adjective jowly adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to …   English terms dictionary

  • jowl — jowl1 [joul; jōl] n. [ME chavel < OE ceafl, jaw, cheek, akin to ON kjoptr, MHG kivel < IE base * ĝebh , jaw, mouth > OIr gop, mouth, Czech ẑábra, gills (of fish)] 1. a jawbone or jaw; esp., the lower jaw with the chin and cheeks 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • jowl — {{11}}jowl (n.1) jaw, 1570s, alteration of M.E. chawl (late 14c.), chavel (early 14c.), from O.E. ceafl, from P.Gmc. *kefalaz (Cf. M.H.G. kiver, Ger. kiefer, O.N. kjoptr jaw, Dan. kæft, Flem. kavel, Du. kevel gum …   Etymology dictionary

  • jowl — English has two words jowl, which are quite close together in meaning but are etymologically unrelated. The older, which means ‘jaw’, goes back ultimately to Old English ceafl. It is now encountered virtually only in the expression ‘cheek by… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • jowl — UK [dʒaʊl] / US noun [countable] Word forms jowl : singular jowl plural jowls literary the lower part of your cheek, especially if the skin hangs down and covers your jaw • cheek by jowl …   English dictionary

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