\ ˈjau̇-lē, sometimes ˈjō- How to pronounce jowly (audio) \
jowlier; jowliest

Definition of jowly

: having marked jowls : having full or saggy flesh about the lower cheeks and jaw area elderly man with a disillusioned jowly face— John Dos Passos

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Short and jowly with a salt-and-pepper military-style haircut and a pencil-thin mustache, the guard had been at Rikers for more than 15 years, Marshall would learn, and his name was Benny Santiago. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 But the thin-haired, jowly Blankenship is hoping to become a success story yet. Steven Mufson, Washington Post, "Spurned by Trump and GOP, coal baron Don Blankenship seeks a second chance in West Virginia," 22 May 2018 And then in August of 2011, four months after Obama released his long-form birth certificate, a jowly sheriff from Arizona with a national profile as a hard-ass sadist announced plans to investigate the document. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Birther Friends Forever: How Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio Became BFFs," 23 Aug. 2017 The second is a scene in which one Dougie Jones, a jowly look-alike for Agent Dale Cooper, is finishing an encounter in a nearly empty house with a prostitute named Jade (Nafessa Williams). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Twin Peaks: The Return” Episodes 3 and 4: David Lynch Is Back," 30 May 2017 Yasser’s uncle was a big, heavyset man with a jowly face and a look of weary resignation in his eyes. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Aleppo After the Fall," 24 May 2017 Kislyak, 66, known for his portly presence and jowly visage, found himself under an increasingly uncomfortable spotlight. Tracy Wilkinson, The Seattle Times, "Russia’s Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on his way out," 27 June 2017 Brando, who later won an Oscar for his role as the jowly Corleone patriarch, was an ever-present topic throughout the night, with many cast members recalling their favorite moments with the acting icon. Yohana Desta,, "Epic Godfather Reunion Leads to Brando Stories, On-Set Secrets," 30 Apr. 2017

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circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

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