Origin of chime

1
1250–1300; Middle English chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, Old English cimbal cymbal

Related forms

chim·er, nounun·chim·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chime in (1 of 3)

chime in


verb (intr, adverb) informal

to join in or interrupt (a conversation), esp repeatedly and unwelcomely
to voice agreement

British Dictionary definitions for chime in (2 of 3)

chime

1
/ (tʃaɪm) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

chimer, noun

Word Origin for chime

C13: probably shortened from earlier chymbe bell, ultimately from Latin cymbalum cymbal

British Dictionary definitions for chime in (3 of 3)

chime

2

chimb chine (tʃaɪn)

/ (tʃaɪm) /

noun

the projecting edge or rim of a cask or barrel

Word Origin for chime

Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb
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Idioms and Phrases with chime in

chime in


1

Join in harmoniously or in unison, either literally (with music) or figuratively (joining a conversation to express agreement). For example, In this passage I want the altos to chime in with the tenors, or When Mary agreed, her sister chimed in that she'd join her. The literal usage was first recorded in 1681, the figurative in 1838.

2

chime in with. Be in agreement or compatible with, as in His views chime in with the paper's editorial stance. [Early 1700s]

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