\ ˈchin How to pronounce chin (audio) \
plural chins

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

— see also take it on the chin


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 chin (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But few patrons at the Dora on Saturday were seen wearing masks and those who did have a mask were typically wearing it under their chin. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, "'They know the risk': Hundreds gather at Dora at The Banks with little social distancing," 28 Mar. 2021 For a L’Officiel cover last year, the actress Anya Taylor-Joy wore a sizable Moussaieff pearl, diamond and ruby brooch directly under her chin. New York Times, "The Brooch Is Back, Baby," 24 Mar. 2021 The tech neck marks are fainter and smoother, the skin under my chin feels firmer, and my jawline appears tighter. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "This Neck Cream Is Erasing My Tech Neck," 6 Jan. 2021 In one of the photos — shared widely on social media — the comedian can be seen speaking into her phone with her face mask hanging down under her chin. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Ellen Degeneres is ‘past’ COVID-19 and went shopping in Montecito to prove it," 22 Dec. 2020 So did the swollen lymph nodes under her chin and a lump that developed above her collarbone. cleveland, "Diagnosed with a rare cancer, WEWS reporter Olivia Fecteau ‘humbled’ by outpouring of support from colleagues, community," 10 Dec. 2020 Unlike most other masks, these have a flat front and two small expandable flaps on the top and bottom which go under your chin and over your nose. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Baggu's Adjustable Face Mask Is One of the Absolute Best Around," 8 Dec. 2020 The teenager yawned, placing her chin in her hands. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "A transgender girl struggles to find her voice as lawmakers attack her right to exist," 16 Mar. 2021 Below, Twitter wipes the drool off its chin to chime in. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Help! I Saw Harry Styles's Grammys Performance, and I Can't Get Up!," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Staying in my car, I was instructed to put both hands on the wheel, close my eyes and tilt my head back and chin up. Janet Kusterer,, "A month of wizards and merriment on Main Street in Ellicott City | Mostly Main," 7 Oct. 2020 In other words, chin up, shoulders back, and bring your heart and soul forward. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "From Rachel Weld Newton, Jewelry That Speaks to Our Times," 25 Sep. 2020 Preliminary injunctions are extraordinary forms of relief and there is a very high bar to chin to receive one. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, "Decision in Rx-pot case sides with state," 8 Aug. 2020 When the public speaker inside me had to step down due to lack of opportunity, the writer in me stood, arms stiffly at her sides with hands in fists, chin up, and ready to work. Stephanie Land, Longreads, "Grieving, but Calmed by a Different Kind of Storm," 24 Apr. 2020 For his part, Arizona’s Miller has embraced a jut-chinned bellicosity. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At Arizona, Truth Without the Consequences," 2 Mar. 2020 Theo was of average height, late middle-aged, stubble-chinned, with kind, almond eyes. Ishion Hutchinson, Harper's Magazine, "Dreams of Stone," 30 Mar. 2020 The magazine covers are photographed artfully chin-down, so Rachel Karten started taking photos of staffers around the office completing the cover with their own faces. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "A Beefy Stir-Fry That Requires Only the Laziest Knifework," 19 Oct. 2019 In the Bay Area, and particularly in Contra Costa County, six hummingbird species are regular visitors to our backyard feeders — the Costa’s, Anna’s, Calliope, Allen’s, rufous and black-chinned. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Identifying hummingbirds that visit Bay Area backyards," 26 July 2019

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

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“Chin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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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 chin (audio) \ adjective

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