From Middle English jawe, jowe, geowe, alteration of *chawe (in early Modern English chawe, chaw), from Proto-West Germanic *kauā (compare Middle Dutch kauwe (“fish jaw”), kouwe (“mouth cavity”), dialectal German Käu, Keu (“jaw, donkey jowl”)), gradation-variant of *keuā (compare Old English ċīan (pl.) ‘gills’, West Frisian kiuw (“gill”), Dutch kieuw (“gill”)), noun from Proto-West Germanic *keuwan (compare English chew). More at chew. Alteration probably influenced by Middle English jolle, chaul (“jowl”), which it replaced (see jowl).
- (UK) enPR: jô, IPA(key): /d͡ʒɔː/
- (US) enPR: jô, IPA(key): /d͡ʒɔ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː
jaw (plural jaws)
- One of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth.
- The part of the face below the mouth.
- His jaw dropped in amazement.
- (figuratively) Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or action; especially plural, the mouth or way of entrance.
- the jaws of a pass; the jaws of darkness; the jaws of death.
- A notch or opening.
- A notched or forked part, adapted for holding an object in place.
- the jaw of a railway-car pedestal.
- One of a pair of opposing parts which are movable towards or from each other, for grasping or crushing anything between them.
- the jaws of a vise; the jaws of a stone-crushing machine.
- (nautical) The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
- (slang, dated) Impudent, abusive or worthless talk.
- 1869, Henry Kingsley, Silcote of Silcotes:
- Give me the boy, now, and no more of your jaw. I am going to take the boy home with me.
- (slang) Axle guard.
- (snooker) The curved part of the cushion marking the entry to the pocket.
- bisphossy jaw
- bis-phossy jaw
- bottle jaw
- double open jaw
- glass jaw
- Habsburg jaw
- hog jaw
- hold one's jaw
- jaw away
- jaw beard
- jaw bone
- jaw muscle
- jaw plate
- jaw winking
- jaw worm
- lantern jaw
- lower jaw
- lumpy jaw
- make someone's jaw drop
- open jaw
- phossy jaw
- radium jaw
- ratchet jaw
- set of one's jaw
- someone's jaw dropped
- trap jaw ant
- trap-jaw ant
- upper jaw
- wapper jaw
- with one's jaw in one's lap
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- (transitive) To assail or abuse by scolding.
- (intransitive) To scold; to clamor.
- 1748, Tobias Smollett, chapter 24, in The Adventures of Roderick Random:
- […] he waked him, which put him in a main high passion, and he swore woundily at the lieutenant, and called him lousy Scotch son of a whore […] , and swab, and lubber, whereby the lieutenant returned the salute, and they jawed together fore and aft a good spell, till at last the captain turned out, and, laying hold of a rattan, came athwart Mr. Bowling's quarter: whereby he told the captain that, if he was not his commander, he would heave him overboard […]
- (intransitive, informal) To talk; to converse.
- (snooker, transitive, intransitive) (of a ball) To stick in the jaws of a pocket.
Uncertain, see Jew's harp for more.
jaw (not comparable)
- your (second personal pronoun plural possessive)