jawbreaking

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

jaw +‎ breaking

Adjective[edit]

jawbreaking (comparative more jawbreaking, superlative most jawbreaking)

  1. Very difficult to pronounce.
    • 1867, Hugh Barclay, ‎I. S. H. Laidlaw, The Journal of Jurisprudence (volume 11, page 131)
      Lord Cockburn, whose forte was not the civil law, affected to listen attentively and take ample notes, when, at last, on Mr Brodie citing some German civilian with a jawbreaking name, his lordship interrupting him asked, []
    • 1934, Kansas Teacher and Western School Journal
      If he had, he would probably write and talk in a jawbreaking technical language that we ordinary mortals could not more understand readily than we can work a cross-word puzzle without resorting to the dictionary.