[ chin-chin ]
/ ˈtʃɪnˌtʃɪn /


polite and ceremonious speech.
light conversation; chitchat.

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

to speak politely and ceremoniously.
to talk casually and lightly; chat.


(used as a greeting or farewell.)
(used as a toast, as in drinking to someone's health.)

Origin of chin-chin

First recorded in 1785–95, chin-chin is from the Chinese word qǐng-qǐng please-please Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for chin-chin


sentence substitute

informal a greeting, farewell, or toast

Word Origin for chin-chin

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