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  1. polite and ceremonious speech.
  2. light conversation; chitchat.
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verb (used without object), chin-chinned, chin-chin·ning.
  1. to speak politely and ceremoniously.
  2. to talk casually and lightly; chat.
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  1. (used as a greeting or farewell.)
  2. (used as a toast, as in drinking to someone's health.)
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Origin of chin-chin

First recorded in 1785–95, chin-chin is from the Chinese word qǐng-qǐng please-please
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Historical Examples of chin-chin

  • Well, we've got a few minutes left for a chin-chin before we lift her off.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • "Chin-chin heap plenty now," said he, with a grin, as Wilbur came up.

  • Which meant: “We are the Chin-chin Kobakama; the hour is late; sleep, honorable, noble darling!”

  • We've got to have a chin-chin with Hoang, if he don't get loose aboard there and fire the boat before we can get back.

  • Any one of the liquid waterproof black drawing inks (Chin-chin, Pelican, etc.).

British Dictionary definitions for chin-chin


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  1. informal a greeting, farewell, or toast
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Word Origin for chin-chin

C18: from Chinese (Peking) ch'ing-ch'ing please-please
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