Definition of jowl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dʒaʊl//
; NAmE NAmE//dʒaʊl//
[usually plural]
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  • the lower part of somebody’s cheek when it is fat and hangs down below their chin a man with heavy jowls
  • Word OriginOld English ceole (related to German Kehle ‘throat, gullet’), partly merged with Old English ceafl ‘jaw’ (related to Dutch kevels ‘cheekbones’).Idioms
    cheek by jowl (with somebody/something)
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    very close to somebody/something The guests, packed cheek by jowl, parted as he entered.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jowl