1. talk, conversation, a speech; thus hold one’s jaw /stop your jaw, stop talking.
|Roderick Random (1979) 17: None of your jaw, you swab none of your jaw, replied my uncle.|
|Peregrine Pickle (1964) 176: Desiring him to do his duty without further jaw.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 151: grave nestor [...] A queer old tike, and full of jaw.|
|Life’s Painter 140: Then, with some civil jaw, / Part squatted, to drink bohea, / And part swig’d barley swipes.|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 78: Jove and his queen have had their quantum / Of jaw.|
|‘Jonny Raw and Polly Clark’ in Batchelar’s Jovial Fellows Coll. of Songs 4: Thus she would bore him with her jaw, / Ri tol de rol. / And call him spooney Jonny Raw.|
|Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 29: ‘No jaw, I say,’ he muttered.|
|Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 87: Come, come, not so much jaw; pay me, or I’ll fetch the guard.|
|‘Uncle Sam’s Peculiarities’ in Bentley’s Misc. 271: You’ll be splitting your tongues some of these days with your eternal jaw.|
|Diary of C. Jeames de la Pluche in Works III (1898) 420: I wasn’t to be ad with that sort of chaugh.|
|Revelations of Ireland 115: Stop your jaw, you pug-nosed badger.|
|Ask Mamma 297: ‘Hoot toot,’ sneered the fat youth, ‘let’s have none of your jaw.’.|
|Nashville Daily Union 26 June 2/4: ‘Blast ye,’ cried the irishman, ‘stick that in your haversack and stop yer jaw!’.|
|De Trouble Begins at Nine in Darkey Drama 1 I: Anybody oughter be able to tell de women from de men from deir habin’ de most jaw!|
|Wallaroo Times (SA) 2 June 6/1: They consulted together in slang jaw; which I did not understand.|
|Africanus Blue Beard 7: Have the kindness to keep your jaw to yourself.|
|‘Penal Servitude for Mrs. Maybrick’ in Victorian Street Ballads (1937) 48: The Maybrick trial is over now, there’s been a lot of jaw.|
|Working Class Stories of the 1890s (1971) 80: Stop yer jaw, Lou! What a chatter-mag you are!‘Lou and Liz’ in Keating|
|Truth (Sydney) 12 Aug. 1/8: ‘Chin music? [...] what is chin music?’ ‘Jaw, your honor,’ replied the witness.|
|Marvel 12 Dec. 4: He imagined she talked from pure love of a jaw.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 13 Nov. 4/7: More points, more jaw, less graft, less law .|
|Magnet 3 Sept. 6: We had better have a jaw in the study about it.|
|‘The Crusaders’ in Chisholm (1951) 80: ‘’Old on,’ I sez. ‘’Ere comes the Law: / ’Ere’s Brannigan, the cop. Pos’pone the jaw.’.|
|Iron Man 280: Sit down, champ. Let’s have a session. We ain’t had a good jaw together since you left Chicago.|
|Big Rumble 54: His parents and Mike were having too good a jaw to pay any attention.|
|Indep. Rev. 15 June 4: All this jaw about Prince Charles.|
2. (also jaw-wag) a telling-off, ridicule.
|inNew Hazard 16: Captain at Iverson – a severe jaw [HDAS].|
|Seymour’s Humourous Sketches (1866) 134: A cadger sweeping a crossing fell out with a dustman. Wasn’t there some spicy jaw betwixt them!|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 277: He always replied to their chaff, ‘I never sold nuffin’, and I never sold nuffin’, so hold your jaw!’.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 53: That sight compensated them amply for the Imperial Jaw with which they were favored by the two.‘In Ambush’ in|
|Gem 16 Sept. 20: I’d give him a good jaw – ahem! – I mean a talking-to!|
|Madcap of the School 132: ‘I thought Gibbie’d treat me to jaw-wag if I left out my pyjamas’.|
3. verbal facility.
|Hillingdon Hall I 49: You’ve a quick apprehension and a ready tongue — lots of jaw.|
4. a lecture, a speech.
|Biglow Papers (1880) 110: ’T would save holl haycartloads o’ fuss an’ three four months o’ jaw.|
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws II 23: ‘No jaw,’ sais I. ‘Just begin now, and tell it short, for I don’t approbate long yarns.’.|
|‘’Arry in the Witness-Box’ in Punch 5 Feb. 61/2: The old mivvy called Law / Is a sawdusty kind of a sell, with no soul above parchment and jaw.|
|Sporting Times 4 Mar. 1/2: One of these ’ere wheezes tells as how a bloke oughter wash ’is dirty linen at ’ome. Wot’s the good of all that rotten jaw to me? I ain’t got no linen, an’ I ain’t got no ’ome!|
|Lighter Side of School Life 51: Do you remember the jaw he gave us when the news came about Macpherson’s V.C.?|
|Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 79: An’ yet, fer orl ’is ’igh-falutin’ jor, / Ole Snowy wus a reel good-meanin’ bloke.‘Hitched’ in|
|McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 129: People that really knew him, like me, we considered him ninety-nine per cent jaw.|
(US) a long chat or talking session.
|Cape Girardeu Democrat (MO) 6 Mar. 6/5: This action of the senate caued a general ‘jawfest’ after adjournment.|
|Ranch (Seattle, WA) 15 Dec. 3/2: This week it is a three-cornered jaw-fest [...] and a renewed outbreak of a long-standing feud.|
|Palestine Daily Herald (TX) 3 Feb. 4/1: There will be music and jaw-festing and picnics.|
|DN IV 353: The citizens of ‘Little Russia’ got together for a jawfest .|
|Arizona Sentinel (Yuma, AZ) 6 Sept. n.p.: The governor refused to sanction their jawfest.|
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 451: Jaw fest, Telling stories about the jungle fire.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 108: Jaw Fest. – A long talk; conversation.|
|(con. 1820s) Wabash 225: I ain’t heared a real, honest-to-God, knock-down-an’-drag-out, repytation-blastin’ jaw-fest among good friends in a coon’s age.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 805: jaw fest – A long talk; conversation.|
|‘Kilo’ Black Mask Online Ch. 5 [Internet] ‘Is the jawfest concluded?’ ‘It is,’ says the maternal ancestor of that girl, weak but happy. ‘We talked seven miles and six furloughs, but I won.’.|
|‘’Arry and the New Woman’ in Punch 18 May 230/3: The jawsome old guffin wos right [...] leastways she wosn’t fur out.|
1. (US) a talkative person, a demagogue.
|Century Dict. 3222/3: jawsmith [...] One who works with his jaw; especially a loud-mouthed demagogue; originally applied to an official ‘orator’ or ‘instructor’ of the Knights of Labor.|
|Insurance Times 29 65/2: A jawsmith [...] has recently been working his gab factory in Chicago to its fullest capacity, upon the self-proposed topic:.|
|L.A. Daily Times 22 Jan. [Internet] The jawsmiths took possession of a dirt wagon, from which they harangued the crowd, or such part of the gathering as would listen to their windy palaver.|
|Sat. Eve. Post 2 July 13/3: ‘Hot-air artists’ was a phrase uncoined; the farmer called them ‘jawsmiths’ [DA].|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 147: The jawsmith turned to a stoned drunk. ‘You in for a buck?’.|
|‘In conversation with: Lizz Brown’ St Louis Today (MO) 4 Sept. [Internet] STL today talks with the radio jawsmith to find out what makes her tick.|
2. see also SE compounds below.
overly talkative, a chatterbox.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Like a sheep’s head, all jaw; saying of a talkative man or woman.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].|
|Life and Adventures of a Cheap Jack 41: Look at that man! hear him: why, he’s all jaw like a sheep’s head.|
|Deacon Brodie IV tab.VII i: You’re all jaw like a sheep’s jimmy.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Worker (Brisbane) 7 Sept. 14/3: ‘Woman’s all jaw,’ said Stampy.|
to be quiet; often as imper. hold your jaw!
|Englishman in Paris in Works (1799) I 37: Hold your jaw.|
|Sporting Mag. Dec. VII 141/1: Mr. Courtenay being asked [...] what the Sedition Bill really meant, pleasantly replied – Hold your jaw.|
|One Thousand Eight Hundred 20: A Cit much distress’d / A statesman address’d, / Respecting the silencing law, / The statesman reply’d [...] The meaning is — hold your Jaw.‘Hold Your Jaw’ in|
|Hamlet Travestie I iii: You’d better hold your jaw, — be quiet, will you?|
|‘Humours of Saturday Night’ Universal Songster I 233: Hold your jaw.|
|Musa Pedestris (1896) 122: Let nobs in the fur trade hold their jaw, / And let the jug be free.‘The House Breaker’s Song’ in Farmer|
|Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs (1851) 88: Next time keep your jaw, you slink.|
|Mysteries of London II (2nd Ser.) 277: Hold your cursed jaw, you fool!|
|Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 266: ‘Hold your jaw,’ said he, ‘will you?’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 June 2/7: They told her to ‘hold your jaw and go away’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 41/2: Several songs were named by the costers, but the ‘funny gentleman’ merely requested them ‘to hold their jaws’.|
|Dead Men’s Shoes III 286: Hold your jaw!|
|Jack’s Courtship II 297: I had worked a look into her face that was like asking me to hold my jaw.|
|‘Bail Up!’ 217: Hold your jaw! [...] We don’t allow speaking here.|
|Truth (Sydney) 3 Feb. 8/3: ‘Cabby,’ sez she, ‘hold yer jaw’.|
|De Omnibus 62: Ike ’ull plye orf a bit o’ kid on ’im so as ter teach ’im ’is plice and encourage ’im ter ’old ’is jaw.|
|Truth (Sydney) 25 May 11/3: For the land’s sake hold yer jaw / Do not go on talkin’ rubbish.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick xii: But we could smoke, an’ ’old our jor, an’ be reel company.‘Introduction’ in|
|Ulysses 327: The citizen bawling and Alf and Joe at him to whisht and he on his high horse about the jews and the loafers calling for a speech and Jack Power trying to get him to sit down in the car and hold his bloody jaw.|
|Rome Haul 199: Hold your jaw, old man.|
|Treasure of the Sierra Madre 77: ‘Hold your jaw!’ Dobbs shouted angrily.|
|Breed of the Chaparral (1949) 31: Better haul up yo’ jaw an’ do a little thinkin’.|
to brag, to boast, to fantasize.
|Snitch Jacket 145: A bona fide killer or just another schmuck running his jaws.|
|King of Erotica 2 276: Her man was in the background running his jaws. I saw him now, barking over her shoulder.|
to stop talking; usu. as imper.
|Sixteen-String Jack 317: If he don’t stow his jaw and behave himself I’ll split upon him!|
|Fortnightly Rev. 40 590: A man’s voice shouted: ‘Stow your jaw and let a man sleep!’.|
|Silent Sea 219: ‘Stow your jaw! what are you giving me such impudence for?’ broke out Trevaskis savagely.|
|Railway Children (2008) 20: Stow your jaw, you young rip, and come along to the station.|
|Queen Sheba’s Ring 199: Stow your jaw if you don’t want to follow him, you swine.|
|Cursed 14: That’ll do. Stow your jaw, now!|
|Rustlers of Beacon Creek (1935) 2: ‘Stow your jaw,’ answered the sheriff.|
(Aus.) to stop talking.
|(con. 1940s) Last Blue Sea 171: Fisher had told Lincoln to tie his jaw up.|
SE in slang uses
|‘Margate Hoy’ in Universal Songster I 5/2: Clew up the plaints in your jaw-bags, and give your tongue leave of absence.|
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see jawbreaker n.
(US) empty chatter; thus jawflaps n., a talkative person.
|Foreign Service 35-6 3/1: We have heard a lot of jaw-flapping, pro and con, on the subject of the billions involved in the Marshall Plan.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 83: First thing you know, that Steerman be back gettin us busy with one of those Village jawflaps.|
|Peyton Place (1959) 157: ‘Goddamn it!’ roared the Doc. ‘Stop your jaw-flapping and do as I say!’.|
|(con. late 19C) Gentle Giant 56: All that fancy jaw-flapping.|
|Heaven’s Wager 302: I have no intention of standing here in some jaw-flapping contest with you.|
|After ‘I Do’ 61: It was a motherly-type woman who worked a few yards away from me who had the courage to tell me what all of the jaw-flapping was about.|
talk, conversation, a speech.
|Spoilers 153: He made her head ache, she declared, with his noisy jaw-mag.|
conversation, chatter, esp. when verbose or tedious.
|Ups and Downs of a Blue Coat Boy 136: There was plenty of jaw music of a very low class from Marsden and his chums.|
|Hocking Sentinel(Logan, OH) 14 Nov. 3/5: The song was a very effective strain of jaw music.|
|NY Tribune 25 Apr. 5/3: I was [...] playing at heroics and lambasting Philistines with jawbones or jaw music.|
|Arrowsmith 71: Gosh, Clif, you cer’nly got a swell line of jaw-music.|
1. (US) a dentist.
|Amer. Thes. of Sl. 529.10: Dentist. . . jawsmith [DARE].|
2. see also sl. compounds above.
see jawbreaker n.
talk, conversation; thus jaw-workern., a talker.
|Hist. of the Two Orphans III 166: Come, come, cried the captain, avast, no more of your jaw work here.|
|[||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Jaw work; a cry used in fairs by the sellers of nuts].|
|Life in St George’s Fields 10: As he is very full of glib, you must let him have all the jaw-work to himself.|
|Ingoldsby Legends II (1866) 317: His jaw-work would never, I’m sure, s’elp me Bob, / Have come for to go for to do sich a job!‘Dead Drummer’ in|
|Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi 193: Jonas was prodigal in the jaw-work.|
|Gawktown Revival Club 23: His co-jaw workers [...] were kept in a constant state of hectic terror.|
|White with Wire Wheels (1973) 228: simon: Can’t you talk about anything else? mal: Why should I? simon: Because it just isn’t worth all the jaw-work.|
see under crack v.1
(US) to talk idly, to gossip.
|Halo For Satan (1949) 199: I sat down again and lighted another cigarette, just for something to do, and went on flapping my jaw.|
|Time & Tide 39 883/2: Who has not sat in itching misery in drawing rooms, flapping his jaws mechanically in the simulated art of conversation.|
|(con. 1940s) Wax Boom 77: I just flap my jaw too much.|
|Ghetto Sketches 219: Rappin’ Rudi [...] flappin’ his jaws off about Lubertha and Kwendi.|
|Dead Zone (1980) 338: That isn’t a thing I’d ever flap my jaw about freely.|
|Another Day in Paradise 95: My brain is already calling him names [...] Fortunately, I can’t flap my jaws.|
|Postcards from Nerd Island 12 Apr. [blog] When I’m not on the phone, I’m flapping my jaw all over the office, at dinner with friends, at the bar [...] I flap my jaw about 300 times more than is actually necessary in a given day.|
(US black) to make someone angry.
|Current Sl. V:1 16: Jaws!, n. Anger or frustration (derived from It really tightens my jaws that . . .).|
|All in the Family [CBS-TV] This chump tightens my jaws [HDAS].|
|Half a Klick 154: Hey, you are grindin’ my jaw [HDAS].|