[ chim-nee ]
/ ˈtʃɪm ni /

noun, plural chim·neys.

verb (used with object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.

Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend (a chimney) by repeated bracing of one's feet or back and feet against opposite walls.

verb (used without object), chim·neyed, chim·ney·ing.

Mountain Climbing. to ascend or descend a chimney.

Nearby words

  1. chimerical,
  2. chimerically,
  3. chimichanga,
  4. chimichurri,
  5. chimkent,
  6. chimney breast,
  7. chimney cap,
  8. chimney corner,
  9. chimney piece,
  10. chimney place

Origin of chimney

1300–50; Middle English chimenai < Middle French cheminee < Latin (camera) camīnāta (room) having a fireplace, equivalent to camīn(us) (< Greek kámīnos furnace) + -āta -ate1

Related formschim·ney·less, adjectivechim·ney·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chimney

British Dictionary definitions for chimney


/ (ˈtʃɪmnɪ) /


Word Origin for chimney

C14: from Old French cheminée, from Late Latin camīnāta, from Latin camīnus furnace, from Greek kaminos fireplace, oven

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chimney



late 13c., "furnace;" early 14c., "chimney stack of a fireplace;" late 14c., "fireplace in a residential space;" from Old French cheminee "fireplace; room with a fireplace; hearth; chimney stack" (12c., Modern French cheminée), from Late Latin (camera) caminata "fireplace; room with a fireplace," from Latin caminatus, adjective of caminus "furnace, forge; hearth, oven; flue," from Greek kaminos "furnace, oven, brick kiln." Jamieson [1808] notes that in vulgar use in Scotland it always is pronounced "chimley." Chimney sweep attested from 1610s, earlier chimney sweeper (c.1500).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for chimney


[ chĭmnē ]

An elongated opening in a volcano through which magma reaches the Earth's surface.
A stack of minerals that have precipitated out of a hydrothermal vent on the floor of a sea or ocean. See more at hydrothermal vent.
An isolated column of rock along a coastline, formed by the erosion of a sea cliff by waves. Chimneys are smaller than stacks.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.