verb (used with object), chinned, chin·ning.
- to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
- to raise (oneself) to this position.
verb (used without object), chinned, chin·ning.
- chin ball,
- chin cactus,
- chin cough,
- chin hills,
- chin muscle
- to suffer defeat; fail completely.
- to endure suffering or punishment.
Origin of chin
Origin of ch'in
Examples from the Web for chin
His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There aren't any steaks involved, pardon the pun,” says Chin.
“We were exhausted, but it was something I just had to do,” says Chin.
“The first time I saw Glacier National Park, it was the magical fantasy land I had always been dreaming about,” says Chin.
Ina drove me in, I got out of the car, and [the boxes] just reached up to my chin.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece|Scott Porch|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She sobbed; he lifted her chin with his free hand—and what less could mortal apostle do?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Then a little trickle of blood ran from his lips down his chin.A Crime of the Under-seas|Guy Boothby
Arethusa propped her elbows on the high counter, and rested her chin on them so she could regard his work.The Heart of Arethusa|Francis Barton Fox
He had a dark moustache, and his chin was square and well-developed.The Fortunes of the Farrells|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
"If it is not bad, it is foolish," said Darius, resting his chin upon his hand and leaning forward.Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster|F. Marion Crawford
verb chins, chinning or chinned
Word Origin for chin
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").
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.
see keep one's chin up; lead with one's chin; take it on the chin.