Meaning of jowl in English:


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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aunt Josephine's head shook and her jowls flapped back and forth.’
    • ‘And he rubbed my hand over the cold nose and jowls of a dog.’
    • ‘We tried flipping him over on his back and gripping his jowls like his mother might do.’
    • ‘His jowls, bagging with flesh, had pock marks on them.’
    • ‘His tired eyes and sagging jowls tell us it's bad news.’
    • ‘The guard's tongue flickered around his jowls; he looked confused, alarmed.’
    • ‘These men will go for eye surgery, to remove bags and lines, or for face lifts to tighten slack jowls.’
    • ‘On either side of his mouth, there is evidence that jowls are beginning to form.’
    • ‘‘No running in the corridors,’ she shrieked, her curly brown and grey hair bouncing around her jowls.’
    • ‘I stuck my head under the bed and was greeted by moist canine jowls.’
    • ‘British bulldogs suffer breathing problems due to their pendulous jowls.’
    • ‘Instead, for about two days it just looked as though I'd put on a bit of weight around the jowls.’
    • ‘In this situation, the jowls and the neck laxity are addressed by the facelift, which does not address wrinkles.’
    • ‘Even the wrinkles are perfect, gradually thickening around his eyes, neck and jowls over the last 20 years.’
    • ‘There was no hint of sag about her jowls, nor a line on her neck.’
    • ‘‘Perhaps I am deluded in thinking that my jowls are an advertisement for courage, proclaiming that I'm not afraid of growing old,’ she writes.’
    • ‘The saggy bits, the jowls, had also gone, and I looked younger.’
    1. 1.1North American The cheek of a pig used as meat.
      ‘hog jowls’
      • ‘cured pork jowl’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a kind of Italian cured hog jowl.’
    2. 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’).