Nearby words

  1. chimaera,
  2. chimar,
  3. chimb,
  4. chimborazo,
  5. chimbote,
  6. chime hoop,
  7. chime in,
  8. chimenea,
  9. chimer,
  10. chimera

Origin of chime

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

Related formschim·er, nounun·chim·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for chime in

chime in

verb (intr, adverb) informal

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

chime

1

noun

an individual bell or the sound it makes when struck
(often plural) the machinery employed to sound a bell in this way
Also called: bell a percussion instrument consisting of a set of vertical metal tubes of graduated length, suspended in a frame and struck with a hammer
a harmonious or ringing soundthe chimes of children's laughter
agreement; concord

verb

  1. to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
  2. to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
(tr) to indicate or show (time or the hours) by chiming
(tr) to summon, announce, or welcome by ringing bells
(intr foll by with) to agree or harmonize
to speak or recite in a musical or rhythmic manner
Derived Formschimer, noun

Word Origin for chime

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

chime

2

chimb chine (tʃaɪn)

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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Word Origin and History for chime in
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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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