\ 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 As noisy as Mr Portnoy and his ilk are, they have been almost drowned out by the tut-tutting of jowly investors. The Economist, "Buttonwood To understand the new wave of small investors, look to China," 20 June 2020 When to See a Dermatologist If your list of skin concerns includes deep creases, hollow areas under eyes, under-eye bags that protrude enough to cast shadows, gauntness, a double chin, or a soft or jowly jawline, visit a dermatologist. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Skin Care Tips for Any Skin Type," 6 Jan. 2020 On a Monday evening last August a 67-year-old man dressed in tennis whites, with a moustache and a ruddy, jowly complexion, drove his silver Porsche Boxster at disconcerting speed through the French Alps. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 His jowly head leaned lower on his hand; his eyes sank deeper in their dark circles; his impressive belly sagged outward with each breath. The Economist, "Obituary: Harold Bloom died on October 14th," 24 Oct. 2019 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

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circa 1873, in the meaning defined above

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“Jowly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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