jaw·​break·​er | \ ˈjȯ-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce jawbreaker (audio) \

Definition of jawbreaker

1 : a round hard candy
2 : a word difficult to pronounce

Examples of jawbreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s like sucking on a big, color-changing jawbreaker for a couple of years. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 24 Oct. 2020 One man whom Tittle has known for years suggested people throw 2.5-inch jawbreakers at the float and its occupants during the parade. Cassandra Stephenson, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2019 Marchand then followed with the jawbreaker, set up in front with a gimme after a charging David Pastrnak — who had 3 points, including his 13th goal — sent a sweet backhand feed from the goal line. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2019 Red hot nickel balls hugging jawbreakers to death, motorcycles burning out on iPhones, and everything in between. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, 30 Dec. 2015 Three popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker. Houston Chronicle, 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of jawbreaker

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of jawbreaker was in 1839

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“Jawbreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jawbreaker. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jawbreaker

: a round, hard candy


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