chin-chin

1 of 3

interjection

ˈchinˌchin
used to express greeting or farewell

chin-chin

2 of 3

intransitive verb

"
chin-chinned; chin-chinned; chin-chinning; chin-chins
1
: to make a request ceremoniously : converse politely
2
: to talk especially casually or at random

chin-chin

3 of 3

noun

"
plural -s
1
: ceremonious talk : salutation
2
: casual or trivial talk : chatter
idle chin-chin to pass a hot afternoon

Word History

Etymology

Interjection

Chinese (Pekingese) ch'ing3, ch'ing3-ch'ing3, an expression of courtesy

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“Chin-chin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chin-chin. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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