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chin

[chin] /tʃɪn/
noun
1.
the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
2.
the prominence of the lower jaw.
3.
Informal. chin-up.
verb (used with object), chinned, chinning.
4.
Gymnastics.
  1. to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
  2. to raise (oneself) to this position.
5.
to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
6.
Archaic. to talk to; chatter with.
verb (used without object), chinned, chinning.
7.
Gymnastics. to chin oneself.
8.
Slang. to talk; chatter:
We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
Idioms
9.
keep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc.
Also, chin up.
10.
take it on the chin, Informal.
  1. to suffer defeat; fail completely.
  2. to endure suffering or punishment.
Origin of chin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cin(n); cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw
Related forms
chinless, adjective
underchin, noun
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Examples from the Web for chinless
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  • Both the curates are chinless, but hers had the dampest hands.

  • It was inevitable that his character should become as chinless as his face.

  • I knew he would when I saw who was ahead of us—Colonel Jimmy and the chinless boy.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • "Take it over," said the chinless boy, who was a sport if nothing else.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Not a big chin like the one in the picture of Bridget's first husband, the prize-fighter; nor a chinless chin like Ethel's.

    The Cinder Pond Carroll Watson Rankin
  • As we have stated, he had little confidence in chinless persons, a fact, which was so much in evidence among his people.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • The thing was chinless, and its small, foreheadless head surrounded its colossal body like a cannon ball on a hill top.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • She's a vague, chinless, pale-eyed creature, who talks through her nose and breathes through her mouth.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I saw a white-furred, chinless face, contorted in rage, a small ugly knife—a female!

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Like all trailmen he had the chinless face and lobeless ears, the heavy-haired body which looked slightly less than human.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for chinless

chinless

/ˈtʃɪnlɪs/
adjective
1.
having a receding chin
2.
weak or ineffectual

chin

/tʃɪn/
noun
1.
the protruding part of the lower jaw
2.
the front part of the face below the lips related adjective genial
3.
keep one's chin up, to keep cheerful under difficult circumstances Sometimes shortened to chin up!
4.
(informal) take it on the chin, to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
verb chins, chinning, chinned
5.
(gymnastics) to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
6.
(transitive) (informal) to punch or hit (someone) on the chin
Word Origin
Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu
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Word Origin and History for chinless

chin

n.

Old English cin, cinn "chin" (but in some compounds suggesting an older, broader sense of "jawbone"); a general Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German kinni; Old Norse kinn; German Kinn "chin;" Gothic kinnus "cheek"), from PIE root *genu- "chin, jawbone" (cf. Sanskrit hanuh, Avestan zanu- "chin;" Armenian cnawt "jawbone, cheek;" Lithuanian žándas "jawbone;" Greek genus "lower jaw," geneion "chin;" Old Irish gin "mouth," Welsh gen "jawbone, chin").

chin

v.

1590s, "to press (affectionately) chin to chin," from chin (n.). Meaning "to bring to the chin" (of a fiddle) is from 1869. Slang meaning "talk, gossip" is from 1883, American English. Related: Chinned; chinning. Athletic sense of "raise one's chin over" (a raised bar, for exercise) is from 1880s.

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chinless in Medicine

chin (chĭn)
n.
The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for chinless

chin

noun

A talk; a chat (1890s+)

verb

  1. To talk; converse: happily chinning in the corner (1870s+)
  2. To talk to: The cop was chinning a nurse (1880s+)

Related Terms

take it on the chin, wag one's chin

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Idioms and Phrases with chinless
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