Definitions for jawdʒɔ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
either of two tooth-bearing bones or bony structures, the mandible or maxilla, forming the framework of the vertebrate mouth.
the part of the face covering these bones.
jaws, anything resembling a pair of jaws in shape or in power to grasp or hold.
one of two or more parts, as of a machine, that grasp or hold something or that attach to or mesh with similar parts.
Slang. an idle chat.
Category: Status (usage)
(v.i.)Slang. to chat; gossip.
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of jaw:
1325–75; ME jawe, jowe < OF joue; orig. uncert.
the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, jaw, claver, visit(verb)
talk socially without exchanging too much information
"the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
yack, jaw, yack away, rattle on, yap away(verb)
talk incessantly and tiresomely
chew, masticate, manducate, jaw(verb)
chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
"He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"
call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)
censure severely or angrily
"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the bones that form the mouth and hold the teeth
the shark's jaws; his lower jaw was broken
the lower part of sb's face
a family with strong 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.
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.
The inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast.
Impudent or abusive talk.
To assail or abuse by scolding.
To scold; to clamor.
To talk; to converse.
(of a ball) To stick in the jaws of a pocket.
Origin: From jawe, jowe, geowe, alteration of (in early Modern English chawe, chaw), from kawōn (compare Middle Dutch kauwe, kouwe, German dialect Käu ‘jaw, donkey jowl’), gradation-variant of (compare Old English cian (pl.) ‘gills’, West Frisian kiuw ‘gill’, Dutch kieuw ‘gill’), noun from kewwanan (compare English chew). More at chew. Alteration probably influenced by jolle, chaul, which it replaced (see jowl).
one of the bones, usually bearing teeth, which form the framework of the mouth
hence, also, the bone itself with the teeth and covering
in the plural, the mouth
fig.: Anything resembling the jaw of an animal in form or action; esp., pl., the mouth or way of entrance; as, 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; as, the jaw of a railway-car pedestal. See Axle guard
one of a pair of opposing parts which are movable towards or from each other, for grasping or crushing anything between them, as, the jaws of a vise, or the jaws of a stone-crushing machine
the inner end of a boom or gaff, hollowed in a half circle so as to move freely on a mast
impudent or abusive talk
to scold; to clamor
to assail or abuse by scolding
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Bony structure of the mouth that holds the teeth. It consists of the MANDIBLE and the MAXILLA.
Translations for jaw
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
either of the two bones of the mouth in which the teeth are set
the upper/lower jaw; His jaw was broken in the fight.
- maxilarPortuguese (BR)
- der KieferGerman
- mascella, mandibolaItalian
- çene kemiğiTurkish
- 頜Chinese (Trad.)
- quai hàmVietnamese
- 颌Chinese (Simp.)
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