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 At least one contained a human skull with a golden tongue nestled in its jawbone. Jacey Fortin, Star Tribune, "Archaeologists find a mummy with a golden tongue," 11 Feb. 2021 In another experiment to test the material’s promise, the team printed a human jawbone in under three hours. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Time to Change the Ink in the Bone Printer," 29 Sep. 2016 Last year, researchers proposed that a jawbone found long ago in the Tibetan cave was Denisovan, based on its ancient proteins. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "DNA tracks mysterious Denisovans to Chinese cave, just before modern humans arrived nearby," 29 Oct. 2020 Police began investigating after a hiker stumbled on a jawbone in the gravel pit, located in Searsburg. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Remains unearthed in Vermont gravel pit belong to New York woman," 7 July 2019 Researcher and paleontologist Anthony Fiorollo will discus his discovery of a baby dinosaur jawbone in Northern Alaska. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "How does one discover a baby dinosaur jawbone? Find out from a paleontologist at Allen library event," 30 Sep. 2020 Start at the lips, kissing without tongue gently down towards the chin, then all along the jawbone, towards the ear. Bernadette Anat, Seventeen, "20 Secrets Every Good Kisser Knows," 29 Sep. 2020 The discovery of this juvenile jawbone could also help in understanding the diversity of animals that lived in the ancient Arctic, said Dr. Patrick Druckenmiller, a paleontologist at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Gina Mantica Dallas Morning News, Star Tribune, "Scientists discover baby dinosaur jawbone," 6 Aug. 2020 Medical tape can also help keep things tight along your cheeks and jawbone if necessary. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Coronavirus and Face Masks: Everything You Need to Know This Summer," 10 June 2020 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, "US stocks tank as bleak news mounts on health, economic fronts," 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, "Trump’s oil-production pact may do little to help U.S. producers or drivers amid coronavirus," 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, "The Price of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 Investors should by now be wise to jawboning from the White House. Charles Riley, CNN, "This is a crucial week for global trade," 8 Dec. 2019 Former mayor Tom Menino tried to jawbone Partners HealthCare into consolidating its offices there at one point. BostonGlobe.com, "City looks to restart search to develop long-vacant Roxbury site - The Boston Globe," 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, "Telling numbers from President Trump's first 1,000 days," 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, "Lyndon Johnson gets another term on Broadway, with Brian Cox in The Great Society," 2 Oct. 2019 President Donald Trump boasts of jawboning bosses on where to build factories. The Economist, "What companies are for," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of jawbone

: the bone that forms the lower jaw


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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