Definition of lantern jaw in English:

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lantern jaw


A long, thin jaw and prominent chin.
Example sentences
  • He was tall and lean and bald, with a square lantern jaw and extremely dark skin that shimmered in the sweltering heat.
  • The huge man's head seemed tiny in comparison to his heavily-muscled body and it sported a lantern jaw, features that might have been carved from stone and dead eyes of the same shade as the smaller hammer man.
  • The stern tone of Hoss' voice and the way his lantern jaw was hardening caused the mouth Adam had just opened in protest to shut again without uttering a word.



Pronunciation: /ˌlantənˈdʒɔːd/
Example sentences
  • The living spectre of the macho, lantern-jawed actor who, depending on which source you refer to, may or may not become an octogenarian in October, keeps returning to haunt me like the Holy Ghost.
  • There at the lectern stood this tall lantern-jawed man, every inch the twelve-year Marine Corps veteran he was, who looked and spoke just exactly like a bulldogging high school football coach.
  • I have been cycling along the beach track for several months now, in the hope that the too-fleshy photo above will soon be replaced by my new, lantern-jawed Californian incarnation.

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