How Do You Spell JAW?

Pronunciation: [d͡ʒˈɔː] (IPA)

The spelling of the word "jaw" is determined by the sounds it represents. The IPA phonetic transcription shows that it is pronounced as /dʒɔː/ in British English and /dʒɑː/ in American English. This means that the sound represented by the letter "J" is the "dʒ" sound, while the letters "A" and "W" represent the "ɔː" and "w" sounds respectively. The spelling of "jaw" accurately reflects its pronunciation, making it a clear example of the importance of the phonetic alphabet.

JAW Meaning and Definition

  1. Jaw, noun:

    1. The two hinged bony structures forming the framework of the mouth, each containing sockets that hold the teeth. It is a part of the skull and consists of the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible), which provide support for the teeth, assist in speech production, and contribute to the process of mastication.

    2. The mouth or the oral cavity, including the lips, teeth, and tongue, which are responsible for actions involving biting, chewing, speaking, and swallowing.

    3. A particular individual's or animal's mouth or the act of opening and closing it. It refers to the lower part of the face, comprising the mandible and the articulated maxillary bones, allowing for movement of the mouth for eating, speaking, and expression.

    4. Metaphorically, jaw can also refer to a person's ability to speak, argue, or persuade powerfully or at length. It implies the act of talking extensively or engaging in an animated conversation.

    5. In the plural form "jaws," it represents the gripping or grasping mechanism of certain devices or tools, like a vice or clamp, designed to hold an object securely while being worked on.

    6. Colloquially, "jaw" can be used as a verb meaning to chat informally or engage in idle talk, often characterized by long, drawn-out conversations about nothing of consequence. In this sense, it refers to casual or aimless conversation.

  2. One of the two bony structures, in which the teeth are set, forming the framework of the mouth.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

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Etymology of JAW

The word "jaw" originated from Middle English "jawe" or "jowe", which came from Old English "ceowan", meaning "to chew". The term can be traced further back to Proto-Germanic "kewwanan" and Proto-Indo-European "gyeh₁-", both carrying the same meaning.

Idioms with the word JAW

  • somebody’s jaw dropped/fell/sagged The idiom "somebody’s jaw dropped/fell/sagged" refers to a situation where someone exhibits extreme surprise, shock, or disbelief. It is used to portray the wide-mouthed, open, and stunned expression that occurs when someone is astonished or taken aback by something unexpected or incredible.
  • jaw(bone) The idiom "jaw(bone)" refers to engaging in a long or intense conversation, often involving passionate or persuasive talking. It implies using one's powers of persuasion or argumentation to convince or manipulate someone.
  • jaw about someone or something The idiom "jaw about someone or something" refers to engaging in gossip, chat, or extended conversation about a particular person or topic. It implies talking at length or in a tedious manner about someone or something, often involving sharing opinions, information, or rumors.
  • jaw someone down The idiom "jaw someone down" refers to the act of trying to negotiate or haggle with someone, often in an intense or persistent manner. It involves engaging in a lengthy conversation or debate to persuade the other person to agree with one's terms, often to lower prices or reach a more favorable agreement.
  • (one's) jaw drops The idiom "(one's) jaw drops" refers to the act of being shocked or surprised to the point where one's mouth falls open because of astonishment or disbelief.
  • have a glass jaw The idiom "have a glass jaw" refers to someone who is easily or highly susceptible to being hurt, either physically, emotionally, or mentally, often implying that even a relatively minor or unexpected blow can have a significant impact on them. It is typically used to describe individuals who lack resilience or are easily overwhelmed or affected by criticism, setbacks, or difficult situations. The expression is derived from boxing, where a "glass jaw" describes a boxer who can be easily knocked out with one punch due to their weak jawbone.
  • your jaw drops The idiom "your jaw drops" refers to being astonished, shocked, or surprised by something to the point that one's mouth falls open. It is a reaction to something unexpected or extraordinary.
  • jaw drops The idiom "jaw drops" refers to a moment of extreme surprise or astonishment, often indicated by someone's mouth involuntarily falling open due to shock or disbelief. It represents a reaction to something unexpected or astonishing.
  • jaw at sm The idiom "jaw at someone" means to talk to or scold someone in an angry, persistent, or nagging manner. It implies lengthy or excessive talking, often expressing annoyance or frustration.
  • sb's jaw drops (open) The idiom "sb's jaw drops (open)" refers to a sudden and extreme reaction of surprise or astonishment. When someone's jaw drops (open), it means they are so shocked or amazed that their mouth hangs open in disbelief. It signifies a state of being speechless and overwhelmed by something unexpected or astounding.
  • jaw at someone The idiom "jaw at someone" refers to the act of speaking at length, typically in a critical or nagging manner, to someone. It implies a continuous and somewhat tedious conversation or lecture that someone endures, often without being able to respond or interrupt.
  • make (someone's) jaw drop The idiom "make (someone's) jaw drop" means to astonish or surprise someone to such an extent that their mouth literally falls open due to shock or awe. It implies an extreme reaction to something unexpected or remarkable.
  • jaw about sm or sth The idiom "jaw about someone or something" means to engage in extensive and often idle conversation or gossip about someone or something. It refers to having a lengthy or unnecessary discussion or talking excessively about a specific person or topic.
  • jaw sm down
  • jaw away
  • jaw about To talk or discuss something informally or at length.

Similar spelling words for JAW

Conjugate verb Jaw


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