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plural chins
: the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw
: the surface beneath or between the branches of the lower jaw
chinless adjective

see also take it on the chin


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chinned; chinning

transitive verb

: to bring to or hold with the chin
chin a violin
: to raise (oneself) while hanging by the hands until the chin is level with the support

intransitive verb

slang : to talk idly

Example Sentences

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
Stand with your chin tucked in and raise your right arm straight up. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, 26 Jan. 2023 His shaved scalp and gaunt face were tattooed, with a wispy graying beard jutting a few inches out from his chin. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Jan. 2023 Open your mouth and extend your tongue towards your chin to expose as much surface area as possible. Lacey Muinos, Health, 23 Jan. 2023 Round out the back and bring your chin into the chest. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 17 Jan. 2023 Jennifer Barraza, De León’s chief of staff, said that amid the melee, Reedy clipped her in the chin with his elbow. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2022 Foligno, who took four stitches in his chin at the morning skate thanks to a Hampus Lindholm slapper, sparked the Bruins in the second period by diving across the crease for a loose puck and knocking it past Vasilevskiy, giving the Bruins the lead. Globe Staff,, 21 Nov. 2022 Friday, a suspect approached a mail carrier on his route in Northwest Washington, D.C., demanded property, and assaulted the letter carrier, striking him in his chin, police said. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 3 July 2022 He was also hit in the chin and back with another bullet passing through a kidney. al, 18 Oct. 2021
From fingers to elbows to chin to forehead, different regions of our skin are dominated by different combinations of species. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2011 If not chin scratching, what purpose did the disproportionately small forelimbs serve? Hannah Gavin, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2016 Or maybe, thanks to the near-mythic aspect of the way Davis fills the frame — head up, chin out, arms flexed — the Goddess of War herself. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Sep. 2022 Swing your arms, focusing on taking your fingertips from hip height to chin height in rhythm with your knees. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 5 Jan. 2022 From neck lifts to tummy tucks to chin implants, these procedures are growing in popularity due to advancements in technology. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 20 Dec. 2021 Ax was shot in the side of his face just after midnight while K-9 Endo was shot in the paw and chin almost two hours later after separate confrontations with the suspect, who had fled into a wooded area, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. Fox News, 12 Sep. 2021 During several performances, Cándido even deploys his elbow, forehead and chin onto the congas, to the delight of his audiences. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 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,, 7 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1869, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Chin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the pointed part of the lower jaw

Medical Definition


: the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw

called also mentum

chinless adjective

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