Meaning of JAW in English


■ noun

1》 each of the upper and lower bony structures in vertebrates forming the framework of the mouth and containing the teeth.

↘( ~s ) the grasping, biting, or crushing mouthparts of an invertebrate.

2》 ( ~s ) the gripping parts of a wrench, vice, etc.

3》 ( ~s ) the grasping or destructive power of something: the ~s of death.

4》 informal tedious talk.

■ verb informal talk at length.


-~ed adjective

~less adjective


ME: from OFr. joe 'cheek, ~', of unknown origin.

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