\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \

Definition of chin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw
2 : the surface beneath or between the branches of the lower jaw


chinned; chinning

Definition of chin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to or hold with the chin chin a violin
2 : to raise (oneself) while hanging by the hands until the chin is level with the support

intransitive verb

slang : to talk idly

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Other Words from chin


chinless \ ˈchin-​ləs How to pronounce chinless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chin in a Sentence


the kind of work environment in which staffers can knock off early on Friday and chin with the boss

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her grandma and aunts had some hair on their chins, too. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Low Note," 28 Sep. 2018 Or from beneath your chin, which is not even a remotely flattering angle. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "I just cheated on my MacBook Pro with a cheaper alternative from Huawei," 21 June 2018 Peters ponders aloud, resting his chin in his palm. Andy Benoit,, "Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters: How a Pair of High-End Corners Could Give the Rams the Edge," 20 June 2018 As the victim took his phone out to snap a picture, the assailant fired, piercing the phone and leaving the victim essentially unharmed but for a small cut when the phone was jarred out of his hand and sliced his chin. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Phone Saves Man From Incoming Arrow," 15 Mar. 2019 No model death stare here, this was a performance pulsing with life and curiosity and ever-changing movement from her eyes, her chin, her elbows, her wrists. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 Lenovo Lenovo’s T490 still appears to have a fairly sizeable chin below the display, but the side bezels have shrunk to provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad T490 emphasizes display improvements in 2019 refresh," 24 Feb. 2019 Instead of a heavy contour, create definition with bronzer (like Armani's Sun Fabric Bronzer) by tracing the shape of a three from the temple to the cheekbone to the chin and add an illuminator or blush (or both) to the apples of the cheeks. Meg Storm, Town & Country, "The 10 Dos and Don'ts of Bridal Beauty," 4 Oct. 2016 The day-to-day pearls of wisdom imparted by coaches to players – from youth sports to high school, to college and even the pros – are well-known: Try your hardest, don't lose focus, support your teammates, keep your chin up. Eddie Pells, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bond between players and coach may have saved Thai boy's lives," 13 July 2018

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Summer species include Northern bobwhite, black-chinned hummingbird and spotted towhee. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 Backyard birders are likely to encounter several species of hummingbirds in San Diego, including Anna’s, black-chinned, Costa’s, Rufous and Allen’s. Ernie Cowan,, "Hummingbirds will amuse as they fly in for your feeder," 14 Sep. 2017 In one drawing, a pair of women and a pair of men sit kibbitzing on benches in Union Square; Katz captures all four physiognomies and expressions—from a querulous, sharp-nosed woman to a sympathetic, shovel-chinned man—with vigilant specificity. The New Yorker, "Alex Katz," 22 May 2017 The only self-explanatory comment on the election came in the form of satire—a sputtering, quadruple-chinned caricature of our president-elect prominently displayed in an artist’s storefront. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: Why Travelers Make the Best Diplomats," 17 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of chin


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chin


Middle English, from Old English cinn; akin to Old High German kinni chin, Latin gena cheek, Greek genys jaw, cheek

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English Language Learners Definition of chin

: the part of the face below the mouth and above the neck


\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \

Kids Definition of chin

: the part of the face below the mouth and including the point of the lower jaw


\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \

Medical Definition of chin

: the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw

called also mentum

Other Words from chin

chinless \ -​ləs How to pronounce chinless (audio) \ adjective

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