Definition of jowl in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒaʊl


(often jowls)
1The lower part of a person’s or animal’s cheek, especially when it is fleshy or drooping: she had a large nose and heavy jowls
More example sentences
  • He's about 50 pounds overweight, with a heavy gut and jowls.
  • He was a slight man with keen eyes, dark hair, a heavy jowl and bony fingers.
  • She wore her hair tied back, which only accentuated her large face and fleshy jowls.
1.1North American The cheek of a pig used as meat: hog jowls [mass noun]: cured pork jowl
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  • Using what were considered ‘throwaway’ cuts of meat - such as pork jowls and ribs - barbecuing provided an economic means of feeding a family.
  • These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham.
  • Hams, shoulders, jowls, and sides of bacon could be cured to last indefinitely.
1.2The loose fleshy part of the neck of certain animals, such as the dewlap of cattle or the wattle of birds.


Old English ceole (related to German Kehle 'throat, gullet'), partly merged with Old English ceafl 'jaw' (related to Dutch kevels 'cheekbones').



[in combination]: ruddy-jowled


adjective (jowlier, jowliest)
More example sentences
  • He'll be genetically to blame when I go all jowly.
  • The other man's jowly face was wreathed in smiles.
  • Joe graduated at 14, already thick in the chest, but clean-cut, with none of the jowly, predatory look of his adult years.

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