lockjaw

noun
lock·jaw | \ˈläk-ˌjȯ \

Definition of lockjaw 

: an early symptom of tetanus characterized by spasm of the jaw muscles and inability to open the jaws also : tetanus

Examples of lockjaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Has this crazy weather given the fish lockjaw in your favorite area? Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "Blasting speckled trout while shooting national TV show," 11 Apr. 2018 The website also includes signs once used to warn people of diseases such as whooping cough and a set of forceps used to force open the jaws of people with tetanus, or lockjaw. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "A fascinating look at antibody-based technology. Really.," 29 Oct. 2017 The trout bite slowed last week, but that may have more to do with anglers still looking for where the fish are concentrated than a case of lockjaw. Sacbee, sacbee.com, "Fishing report: Week of May 29," 30 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lockjaw.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lockjaw

1768, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lockjaw

Statistics for lockjaw

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lockjaw

The first known use of lockjaw was in 1768

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lockjaw

lockjaw

noun
lock·jaw | \ˈläk-ˌjȯ \

Kids Definition of lockjaw

lockjaw

noun
lock·jaw | \ˈläk-ˌjȯ \

Medical Definition of lockjaw 

: an early symptom of tetanus characterized by spasm of the jaw muscles and inability to open the jaws also : tetanus sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on lockjaw

What made you want to look up lockjaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!