from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a jaw or jaws, especially of a specified kind. Often used in combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having jaws; having jaws of a specified kind: as, heavy-jawed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having jaws; -- chiefly in composition.

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  • adjective having jaws
  • adjective in combination having a specified type of jaw

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of animals having jaws of a specified type


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  • Men began to say that he 'jawed' too much and would not let them go to bed, little knowing how he used to try to prolong a conversation so that he might not be left alone with a horrible fear always ready to pounce upon him when night fell, and when only the thud of the engines playing some maddening tune broke the silence.

    Peter and Jane or The Missing Heir

  • The four passengers with me "jawed" me quite enough to "extract" the patience of an ancient Job for having treated government property to a watery burial in Red river.

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  • A girl of his own class would have flashed at him, probably would have "jawed" him.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume I 1915

  • A girl of his own class would have flashed at him, probably would have "jawed" him.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise David Graham Phillips 1889

  • Although Mr. Lillyworth knew very well that Pink Mulgrum was deaf and dumb, he "jawed" at him as though his hearing was as perfect as his own, doubtless forgetting for the moment his infirmity.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic 1859

  • The latter pretended to be at work, and occasionally the second lieutenant "jawed" at him for his clumsiness in lacing the sailcloth.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic 1859

  • He also complained that she was as "cross as Bedlam" to him, and "jawed" him whenever he entered the kitchen.

    Oscar The Boy Who Had His Own Way Walter Aimwell 1840

  • Captain Rosser several times countermanded orders given by his chief officer -- an experienced seaman -- and bullied and "jawed" his crew in the most pompous and irritating manner, and finally when we succeeded in getting the vessel off the reef with the loss of her false keel and rudder, and were towing her into smooth water inside the reef, he came for'ard, and abruptly desired our chief mate to cease towing, as he meant to anchor.

    "Pig-Headed" Sailor Men From "The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton and Other Stories" - 1902 Louis Becke 1884

  • The chisel-jawed author of among numerous others Awaken the Giant Within, famous for having participants in his expensive seminars walk barefoot across hot coals, is a dispenser of some remarkably preposterous advice.

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  • Yet, in the midst of the celebrity, the square-jawed advertisements and the hassling from his teammates for free Ugg boots "We all wanted them as soon as he signed that deal," running back Sammy Morris said, Mr. Brady really is a transformational quarterback.

    Brady Is Hogging All the Superlatives Aditi Kinkhabwala 2011


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