- the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
- the prominence of the lower jaw.
- Informal. chin-up.
- 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.
- to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
- Archaic. to talk to; chatter with.
- Gymnastics. to chin oneself.
- Slang. to talk; chatter: We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
- 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.
- to suffer defeat; fail completely.
- to endure suffering or punishment.
Origin of chin
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Examples from the Web for chin
Contemporary Examples of chin
His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
“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
September 16, 2014
Historical Examples of chin
He has been up to the chin for the last twelvemonth and more.
He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.Viviette
William J. Locke
Yet there was a set of the mouth and a prominence of the chin which relieved him of any trace of effeminacy.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
His hand came under my chin as his custom was in giving orders.
The edge of the ice-cake had taken Tiakens under the chin and he was unconscious.
- 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
- 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 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.
- The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.
see keep one's chin up; lead with one's chin; take it on the chin.