ˈjau̇-lē How to pronounce jowly (audio)
 sometimes  ˈjō-
jowlier; jowliest
: having marked jowls : having full or saggy flesh about the lower cheeks and jaw area
elderly man with a disillusioned jowly faceJohn Dos Passos

Examples of jowly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One notable exception is the disgusting jowly blob who hits on Michiel Huisman’s hot farmer Gunnar in a spaceport dive bar full of mercenaries, thugs and freaks, which might invite charges of homophobia if anyone were silly enough to take Rebel Moon seriously. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 There was something kitschy about the right-wing appropriation of Smith, as the jowly profile of the eighteenth-century economist became a logo for the movement. Kim Phillips-Fein, The New Republic, 27 Feb. 2023 Benito Mussolini is a jowly thug, while Emperor Hirohito has yellow skin, buck teeth and slanted eyes. Marilyn Chase, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2022 Daybell was a jowly, potbellied man with an awkward, quiet demeanor, who gave off the air of a person who was deeply unsure of himself. Leah Sottile, Rolling Stone, 16 June 2022 Acting nods will likely prove elusive, though, unless voters can’t shake the image of a jowly, naked Stellan Skarsgård from their memory banks. Glenn Whipp Entertainment Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2021 Hifter is a 77-year-old military veteran with a broad chest and a jowly face who took part in the 1969 coup that brought Muammar el-Qaddafi to power. New York Times, 30 July 2021 In fact his jowly appearance and blue eyes have often drawn comparisons to his late grandfather. Lisa Donovan,, 29 Apr. 2021 Batman, played by a jowly and half-sedated Ben Affleck, is going around the world looking for a team of superheroes to fight an existential menace. The New Republic Staff, The New Republic, 19 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jowly was circa 1873

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“Jowly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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