plural chin-ups
: an exercise in which one hangs by the hands from a support (such as a horizontal bar) and pulls oneself up until the chin is level with the support
specifically : such an exercise done with the palms facing inward compare pull-up

Examples of chin-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heels help, of course, along with the shoulders-back, chin-up posture. Michelle Tauber, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 In the video — which features middle son LiAngelo Ball, who plays for the NBA G League, doing an impressive number of chin-ups on the set’s pull-up bar in the background — LaVar Ball provides a testimonial sure to tug on the heartstrings (and purse strings) of parents everywhere. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2023 Related Story Rita Ora Flaunts Abs In Bikini In New IG Photos Swipe on over to a shot of Rita doing a chin-up like a boss (while flexing some serious muscles in the process), followed by Rita on a hike. Korin Miller, Women's Health, 20 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chin-up was in 1918

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Cite this Entry

“Chin-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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