chin

noun
\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

chin

verb
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

Noun

chinless \ -​ləs \ 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

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The chin hair is a microsymbol, then, of Tamblyn’s reawakening. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 2018 Her go-to hairstylist Larry Sims gave her weave a chin-grazing bob last year. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Gabrielle Union Just Cut Her Hair Into a Short Bob for the First Time Ever," 22 June 2018 His realistic portraits meticulously re-create such details as the dimple on Emmi’s chin and the precise slant of OnlyOne’s eyebrows. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018 How can a person look in a 10-times magnification mirror, with glasses on, before going out to a lunch-bunch party then return and glance at the same mirror, still with glasses on, and see a single whisker on one’s chin or a zit on one’s nose? Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 Chanel also custom-made both of the bride’s veils—a long cathedral for the ceremony and the short chin-length blusher for the Venetian masquerade reception—as well as her shoes. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Bride Wore Chanel Haute Couture to Her Garden Wedding in California," 21 June 2018 Men and women should have straight dark hair of at least chin length or longer. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Now casting: Major TV series seeking zombies," 8 June 2018 Other recommendations including installing fitness stops along the walking loop, such as a chin-up station and parallel bars. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Master Plan For A "Hidden" Manchester Park," 6 June 2018 Applying a generous dose of Killawatt Highlighter in Ginger Binge, Slick strobes her cheeks, nose, chin and brow bone, adding that the pink undertones brighten her skin. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Model Slick Woods Does Fenty Beauty Makeup Tutorial," 4 June 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

Noun

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

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chin

Noun

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

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The first known use of chin was before the 12th century

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chin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chin

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

chin

noun
\ˈchin \

Kids Definition of chin

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

chin

noun
\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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