chin

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noun

plural chins
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
chinless adjective

see also take it on the chin

chin

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verb

chinned; chinning

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

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
Trump’s lips are pursed, his eyes narrowed, and his chin slightly raised. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 14 July 2024 Cage’s titular villain seems to hide in plain sight: shown only from the chin down for the majority of the movie, his singsongy voice and pale, old-timey clothing help create a deeply unsettling vibe. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024
Verb
Set alerts to remind yourself to stand up straight: shoulders back, chin up, core braced. Hilary Tetenbaum, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 Zaoui is stout and broad chinned, with thick eyebrows and a sweep of dark hair. Longreads, 5 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for chin 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Chin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chin. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

chin

noun
ˈchin
: the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the pointed part of the lower jaw

Medical Definition

chin

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

called also mentum

chinless adjective

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