jaw·​bone | \ ˈjȯ-ˌbōn How to pronounce jawbone (audio) \

Definition of jawbone

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: jaw sense 1a especially : mandible


jawboned; jawboning; jawbones

Definition of jawbone (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to speak forcefully and persuasively to jawboned them into accepting the deal

intransitive verb

: to talk especially forcefully and persuasively jawboning about the tax cuts

Examples of jawbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A few years later, researchers discovered a lower jawbone with teeth intact. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2022 One contained a dead pet cat, another a human jawbone. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 Sound flows through air, of course, but waves also stream from the violin’s body, through the chin rest, directly to the jawbone and thence into our skull and inner ears. David George Haskell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2022 Enlarge / Virtual thin section of a paddlefish jawbone showing the bone cell (white dots) variation over multiple years with the carbon isotope ratio. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 In this case, the detritus is part of a human jawbone, with a single molar and a bit of tissue still attached. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2022 The next day, detectives found a skull that had a fracture on the left side, showing blunt-force trauma, and was a missing jawbone, the warrant says. Angie Dimichele, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Dec. 2021 In January 2020 she got tatted by Bang Bang again: the word rare in delicate script on her neck, just below her jawbone, a reference to her beauty brand and her album of the same name. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 15 Dec. 2021 The explorers did remove one bone from the pit that turned out to be part of a human jawbone, about 2,500 years old. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 14 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once known for jawboning the Saudis to pump more oil and thereby lower the price, the president now finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to raise oil prices so US energy companies can earn a profit. Jacob Bogage, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2020 Before the 2018 midterm elections, when the price of gasoline was rising to nearly $3 per gallon, Trump jawboned Saudi Arabia to boost its production to get prices down. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 In the months following the first tidings of COVID-19 from China, Trump played down its potential impact—attempting to jawbone a virus, or at least the perception of it. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2020 Investors should by now be wise to jawboning from the White House. Charles Riley, CNN, 8 Dec. 2019 Former mayor Tom Menino tried to jawbone Partners HealthCare into consolidating its offices there at one point. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2019 His top five tweets: Economy Whether jawboning the Federal Reserve or touting the latest economic number, many of his tweets have touched on the nation's financial state. USA Today, 17 Oct. 2019 These were powerful, articulate men who, one would imagine, didn’t mind taking the occasional long meeting, or jawboning on the phone. Tom Gliatto, EW.com, 2 Oct. 2019 President Donald Trump boasts of jawboning bosses on where to build factories. The Economist, 22 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of jawbone


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Jawbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jawbone. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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jaw·​bone | \ ˈjȯ-ˌbōn How to pronounce jawbone (audio) \

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jaw·​bone | \ ˈjȯ-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce jawbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of jawbone

: jaw sense 1 especially : mandible

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