\ ˈjau̇-lē How to pronounce jowly (audio) , sometimes ˈjō- \
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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The state attorney general was the very image of a Mexican lawman, with a round, jowly face and thick mustache, a pistol shoved into his belt. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 As noisy as Mr Portnoy and his ilk are, they have been almost drowned out by the tut-tutting of jowly investors. The Economist, 20 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of jowly

circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Jowly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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