Definition of jowl in English:



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’
    • ‘Even the wrinkles are perfect, gradually thickening around his eyes, neck and jowls over the last 20 years.’
    • ‘His tired eyes and sagging jowls tell us it's bad news.’
    • ‘British bulldogs suffer breathing problems due to their pendulous jowls.’
    • ‘In this situation, the jowls and the neck laxity are addressed by the facelift, which does not address wrinkles.’
    • ‘She wore her hair tied back, which only accentuated her large face and fleshy jowls.’
    • ‘We tried flipping him over on his back and gripping his jowls like his mother might do.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘On either side of his mouth, there is evidence that jowls are beginning to form.’
    • ‘These men will go for eye surgery, to remove bags and lines, or for face lifts to tighten slack jowls.’
    • ‘He was a slight man with keen eyes, dark hair, a heavy jowl and bony fingers.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘There was no hint of sag about her jowls, nor a line on her neck.’
    • ‘Aunt Josephine's head shook and her jowls flapped back and forth.’
    • ‘The guard's tongue flickered around his jowls; he looked confused, alarmed.’
    • ‘The saggy bits, the jowls, had also gone, and I looked younger.’
    • ‘And he rubbed my hand over the cold nose and jowls of a dog.’
    • ‘He's about 50 pounds overweight, with a heavy gut and jowls.’
    • ‘Instead, for about two days it just looked as though I'd put on a bit of weight around the jowls.’
    • ‘His jowls, bagging with flesh, had pock marks on them.’
    1. 1.1North American The cheek of a pig used as meat:
      ‘hog jowls’
      [mass noun] ‘cured pork jowl’
      • ‘Hams, shoulders, jowls, and sides of bacon could be cured to last indefinitely.’
      • ‘It's a kind of Italian cured hog jowl.’
      • ‘These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham.’
      • ‘Using what were considered ‘throwaway’ cuts of meat - such as pork jowls and ribs - barbecuing provided an economic means of feeding a family.’
    2. 1.2 The 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).