verb (used with object), chinned, chin·ning.

verb (used without object), chinned, chin·ning.

Gymnastics. to chin oneself.
Slang. to talk; chatter: We sat up all night chinning about our college days.

Nearby words

  1. chimneypiece,
  2. chimneypot,
  3. chimp,
  4. chimpanzee,
  5. chimu,
  6. chin ball,
  7. chin cactus,
  8. chin cough,
  9. chin hills,
  10. chin muscle


    keep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc.Also chin up.
    take it on the chin, Informal.
    1. to suffer defeat; fail completely.
    2. to endure suffering or punishment.

Origin of chin

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 formschin·less, adjectiveun·der·chin, noun


or Jin



Also Tsin. any of three dynasties that ruled in China, a.d. 265–316 (the Western Chin), a.d. 317–420 (the Eastern Chin), and a.d. 936–46 (the Later Chin).
a dynasty that ruled in China 1115–1234.


or Chin.


[chin; Chinese cheen]


a Chinese zither consisting of an oblong, slightly curved wooden box over which are stretched strings that are stopped with one hand and plucked with the other.

Origin of ch'in

< Chinese (Wade-Giles) ch'in2, (Pinyin) qín


[chin; Chinese cheen]


a dynasty in ancient China, 221–206 b.c., marked by the emergence of a unified empire and the construction of much of the Great Wall of China.
Also Qin. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chin



the protruding part of the lower jaw
the front part of the face below the lipsRelated adjective: genial
keep one's chin up to keep cheerful under difficult circumstancesSometimes shortened to: chin up!
take it on the chin informal to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc

verb chins, chinning or chinned

gymnastics to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
(tr) informal to punch or hit (someone) on the chin

Word Origin for chin

Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu


abbreviation for

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Medicine definitions for chin




The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.

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Idioms and Phrases with chin


see keep one's chin up; lead with one's chin; take it on the chin.

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