Meaning of jaw-jaw in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒɔːdʒɔː/


mass noun informal
  • Talking, especially lengthy and pointless discussion.

    • ‘a week of financial jaw-jaw’
    • ‘The rest of the time Vaughn simply gibbers on and on, jaw-jawing and wise-cracking.’


  • Talk, especially at length.

    • ‘to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war’
    • ‘Then I decided that was a bit softcore, so went for people electing ‘debators’ who would sit in the chamber jaw-jawing about proposed legislation.’
    • ‘As Winston Churchill used to say, ‘Better to jaw-jaw than to war-war.’’
    • ‘It was a day when members jaw-jawed with the new President on ways to move NSE forward.’
    • ‘That isn't helped when you listen to all the politicians’ jaw-jawing from every different and conceivable point of view, all of them with different axes to grind.’


Mid 19th century reduplication of jaw.