Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of jaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Scolding; clamorous or abusive talk.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Regiment, on another hill, and one of my company, were "jawing" at each other, when the Fourteenth man yelled out: "You go to h -."

    Humorous incidents of the Civil War,

  • In camp he gave Rajah much freedom, its wings being clipt; and nothing pleased the little rebel so much as to claw his way up to his master's shoulder, sit there and watch the progress of the razor, with intermittent "jawing" at his own reflection in the cracked hand-mirror.

    Parrot & Co.

  • But, then, as she was over two thousand years old, and had lived for most of that time among cannibals, who did not understand her, one may excuse her for "jawing," as you say, a good deal, when she met white men.

    Letters on Literature

  • They had the hatches open, tackles aloft, and men at work below whilst the mariners of other countries would have been standing looking on and "jawing" upon the course to be taken.

    The Frozen Pirate

  • He determined that when the boy broached the subject he would give him such a "jawing" (to use his own vernacular) "as would put an end to that nonsense."

    What Can She Do?

  • Why is it ok for BC player to come up and start "jawing" after a loss?

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Unless you just want to stand here chin-jawing, that is. "

    The Drawing of the Three

  • "jawing," and that it would be strange if this was the only place where there was none; but not a word was said -- the people apparently are so ashamed of the conduct of the women when Mr. Philbrick was here and so indignant with the "Fripp People" that they are on their best behavior.

    Letters from Port Royal Written at the Time of the Civil War (1862-1868)

  • "jawing" without effect, for I could get no man to go with me until the chief gave his sanction.

    The Discovery of the Source of the Nile

  • Exchanging elbows while battling for a loose ball, the two future Hall of Famers then went face-to-face, jawing at each other in competitive fury.

    One Season

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