1. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
Related terms: os skeletal_structure beak upper_jaw skull lower_jaw alveolar_ridge alveolar_arch upper_jaw
2. [ verb ] talk incessantly and tiresomely
Synonyms: yack_away rattle_on yap_away yack
Related terms: talk yak
3. [ verb ] talk socially without exchanging too much information
Synonyms: chat visit chatter gossip chew_the_fat chitchat chaffer claver natter confab shoot_the_breeze confabulate

"the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

Related terms: converse shmooze visitor chitchat chatterer chat
4. [ verb ] censure severely or angrily
Synonyms: chide scold rebuke berate lecture lambast call_down lambaste trounce bawl_out reproof remonstrate chew_out reprimand chew_up have_words dress_down call_on_the_carpet rag check

"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car" "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" "check" is archaic

Related terms: criticize chastize tell_off rebuke lecture chiding
5. [ noun ] the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
Related terms: feature face
6. [ verb ] (food) chew (food)
Synonyms: chew manducate masticate

"He jawed his bubble gum" "Chew your food and don't swallow it!" "The cows were masticating the grass"

Related terms: grate gnaw chomp crunch champ mumble chaw chewer chew chew
7. [ noun ] holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
Synonyms: jaws
Related terms: holding_device chuck pliers vise wrench bulldog_clip
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