\ ˈchin \

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 \ 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

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Her signature tendrils also appeared to be much blunter, reaching only to her chin: Cosmopolitan suggests that Meghan likely got a secret haircut, much the same way that Princess Diana used to. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Tried to Get a Sneaky Haircut, but the Internet Noticed," 18 Nov. 2018 Jump or step up to the bar into a chin-up position. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "For improved shoulder health, work yourself up to a pullup. Here’s how.," 15 Oct. 2018 Kamonie also had injuries to her chin and arms, multiple rib fractures, a hemorrhage and a possible skull fracture. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "DeKalb DA drops charges against man in death of girlfriend’s baby," 28 June 2018 Whether chit-chatting with each other on their way to a mission, confronting a new NPC, or offering dialogue while holding a gun to a foe's chin, V always had a variety of intense and clear extremes as options. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere: 50 minutes of William Gibson-level insanity," 14 June 2018 These branch across each side of the face from the eyebrows to the chin, connecting to a combination of muscles controlling the lips, nose, eyes and forehead. Neil Steinberg, CNN, "How far would you go to be able to smile?," 13 June 2018 Slip one around your neck to keep warm, then pull it up to your chin for extra coverage. Michael Calore, WIRED, "14 Essentials to Improve Your Bike Commute in the City," 17 May 2018 One woman looked tearful and held pressure to her chin, which had been wounded and bandaged, as a man embraced her on a sidewalk near HQ. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Suspected Female Shooter Found Dead After Wounding 3: The Latest on the Shooting at YouTube HQ," 4 Apr. 2018 But that wasn't where my workout ended: A variety of squats, bear crawls, push-ups, assisted chin-ups and medicine ball tosses followed. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Here's how Alicia Vikander gained 12 pounds (of muscle) for 'Tomb Raider'," 5 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of chin

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


\ ˈchin \

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 \ adjective

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to gather or build up little by little

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