\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \
plural chins

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

— see also take it on the chin


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

Other Words from chin


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

Examples of chin in a Sentence

Verb 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 The bottom of the phone had a significant angle to it—like a chin—and a roller ball in addition to its touch screen. PCMAG, 27 July 2022 Cons: The chin strip separated from the skin around the edges after a little time (but the forehead strip stayed intact). Madison Yauger,, 22 July 2022 On July 20, the announcement came alongside a photo of her gorgeous curtain bangs, brushing right above chin level. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 21 July 2022 Summer is the perfect time to experiment with haircuts—and what better way to revamp your look than with some fresh chin bangs? Mia Uzzell, Glamour, 16 July 2022 The figure’s silkscreened face with chin thrust forward captures a fierce determination. Diane Bernard, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 The camera darts between the lovers’ angry, exhausted faces in a flurry of slamming edits and chin-severing closeups, as if to literalize the idea that something between them has broken. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Holloway's formidable chin kept him upright against Volkanovski's power, but Holloway absorbed a daunting amount of cumulative damage during 25 fights over his first decade in the UFC. Greg Beacham, ajc, 1 July 2022 This chin-to-chest position can restrict their airway, causing suffocation. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Swing your arms, focusing on taking your fingertips from hip height to chin height in rhythm with your knees. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 5 Jan. 2022 From neck lifts to tummy tucks to chin implants, these procedures are growing in popularity due to advancements in technology. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2021 Ax was shot in the side of his face just after midnight while K-9 Endo was shot in the paw and chin almost two hours later after separate confrontations with the suspect, who had fled into a wooded area, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Fox News, 12 Sep. 2021 During several performances, Cándido even deploys his elbow, forehead and chin onto the congas, to the delight of his audiences. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Staying in my car, I was instructed to put both hands on the wheel, close my eyes and tilt my head back and chin up. Janet Kusterer,, 7 Oct. 2020 In other words, chin up, shoulders back, and bring your heart and soul forward. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2020 Preliminary injunctions are extraordinary forms of relief and there is a very high bar to chin to receive one. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 8 Aug. 2020 When the public speaker inside me had to step down due to lack of opportunity, the writer in me stood, arms stiffly at her sides with hands in fists, chin up, and ready to work. Stephanie Land, Longreads, 24 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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More Definitions for chin


\ 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 chin (audio) \ adjective

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