chin

noun
\ 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

chin

verb
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

Noun

chinless \ ˈchin-​ləs How to pronounce chinless (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 The fruit was like nothing else: an explosion of sweetness in my mouth, sending juice running down my chin and dripping all over the deck. Grace Hwang Lynch, SFChronicle.com, "Growing a lemon tree in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight," 31 Oct. 2019 The injuries included bruising and abrasions on his chest; abrasions and puncture wounds on his front legs; lacerations on his lip and tongue; a puncture on his left chin and fractured teeth. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Woodbury man accused of punching and kicking girlfriend’s dog charged with felony animal cruelty," 11 Oct. 2019 The Retro Turban Fold your scarf in half to create a triangle, drape the triangle over your head to line your upper forehead, cross two ends under the chin, and tie into a knot at the back of the neck. Cortne Bonilla, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Cool Girl Ways to Tie a Scarf This Fall," 19 Sep. 2019 The Weeknd also swapped his full beard for in favor of a little scruff on his chin and a polished 'stache. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Weeknd Looks Unrecognizable With His New Haircut and Shaved Face," 10 Sep. 2019 One errant bullet grazed the chin and wrist of a bystander. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Five years after 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was killed on her Baltimore porch, gunman gets 25-year sentence," 28 Aug. 2019 Today’s helmets are custom-fit, with multiple layers of space-age materials intended to absorb, deflect and redistribute, deal with rotational motion of the head, and protect the chin and face. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Smith described the suspect as a black male with facial hair on his chin and wearing dark jeans. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Hamden police investigating shooting," 29 June 2019 In the video, the man appears to have hair above his lip and on his chin and tattoos on his right shoulder and right arm. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Brick-tossing burglar sought for 3 business break-ins, police say," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Summer species include Northern bobwhite, black-chinned hummingbird and spotted towhee. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 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, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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

Noun

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

Verb

1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for chin

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for chin

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

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More Definitions for chin

chin

noun
How to pronounce chin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chin

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

chin

noun
\ 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

chin

noun
\ 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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