Definition of jawbreaker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjôˌbrākər/


1 informal A word that is very long or hard to pronounce.
Example sentences
  • Not only is this jawbreaker incredibly long and weird looking, it has many parts-of-speech in one word!
2 trademark in UK A large, hard, spherical candy.
Example sentences
  • If you don't know what jawbreakers are, let us enlighten you. These hard, round, ball-shaped candies are often mistaken for gumballs. Trouble is, they are so hard to bite into that you risk "breaking your jaw".
  • Our delicious long-lasting jawbreakers have been a favorite for years. These 1” diameter colorful jawbreakers are sure to last you quite a while.
  • Oak Leaf manufactures ball gum, chunk gum, chicle gum, pressed candy and jawbreakers.

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Syllabification: jaw·break·er

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