\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \

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


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


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

Examples of chin in a Sentence


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

Robbie then goes on to reveal her favorite accent to do (a Brooklyn one), her current favorite band (ELO), her go-to cocktail (a G&T), and her favorite scar (one from childhood, just under her chin). Vogue, "73 Questions Over Brunch With Margot Robbie," 6 June 2019 Soon after in February, Kendall Jenner took the look for a stroll in Milan, tying a silk scarf under her chin in a more elegant Grace Kelly way. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Babushka Scarf Is Having a Full Blown Renaissance," 22 Apr. 2019 Hold the weight firmly with both hands under your chin, keeping your elbows tight against your body, your shoulders loose, and your abs engaged. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Hailey Bieber Strengthens Her Core and Lower Half With This One 4-Part Exercise," 4 Jan. 2019 Finish the bear off with a little green bow tie by tying a bow and cutting off the ends and hot gluing it under his chin. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 Liposuction performed under the chin and on the neck costs about $3,600. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Selfie awareness' has millennials turning to double chin removal procedures," 21 Sep. 2018 None of the display improvements currently taking shape on the horizon promise to completely eradicate the chin. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 Her grandma and aunts had some hair on their chins, too. Julia Michie Bruckner, Discover Magazine, "Low Note," 28 Sep. 2018 Or from beneath your chin, which is not even a remotely flattering angle. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "I just cheated on my MacBook Pro with a cheaper alternative from Huawei," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "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


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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English Language Learners Definition of chin

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


\ 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 chinless (audio) \ adjective

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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