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