lantern jaw


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lantern jaw

n.
1. A lower jaw that protrudes beyond the upper jaw.
2. A long, thin jaw that gives the face a gaunt appearance.

lan′tern-jawed′ (-jôd′) adj.

lantern jaw

n
(Anatomy) (when: plural, refers to upper and lower jaw; when singular usually to lower jaw) a long hollow jaw that gives the face a drawn appearance

lan′tern jaw`


n.
1. a distinctly protruding lower jaw.
2. a long, thin jaw.
[1690–1700]
lan′tern-jawed`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lantern jaw - a long thin lower jaw
jawbone, jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandible, mandibula, mandibular bone, submaxilla - the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
References in classic literature ?
His lank limbs were clad, I might also say clutched, in very tight grey sleeves and pantaloons; he had a long, sallow, aquiline face which seemed somehow all the more saturnine because his lantern jaws were imprisoned in his collar and neck-cloth more in the style of the old stock; and his hair (which ought to have been dark brown) was of an odd dim, russet colour which, in conjunction with his yellow face, looked rather purple than red.
There was, also, a little group of three or four young men with lantern jaws and thick eyebrows, who were conversing in one corner; but they seemed to be of secondary importance, and laughed and talked together without attracting any attention.
The chief offender seemed to be his highness's brother, whose name alone would lengthen the old man's lantern jaws and pucker his parrot nose into a sneer.
Drink yourself, and light up your lantern jaws, old boy.
Eric Lawson, the tough guy with the lantern jaw whose tanned, leathery face adorned a million billboards, succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He had the shoulders of a defensive lineman, vein-encrusted forearms and a lantern jaw.
With his lantern jaw and tree trunk arms, Warburton is quite the Stallone double.
He had long hair caught into a queue at the back of his neck and a lantern jaw which made his head seem slung forward, made him seem always lost in thought.
Chortle as George Osborne's cherubic face is replaced by the lantern jaw of Lieutenant Richard Sharpe.