chin-chin

[ chin-chin ]
/ ˈtʃɪnˌtʃɪn /
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noun

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.

interjection

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

Nearby words

  1. chin hills,
  2. chin muscle,
  3. chin music,
  4. chin rest,
  5. chin strap,
  6. chin-chou,
  7. chin-hsien,
  8. chin-strap,
  9. chin-up,
  10. chin.

Origin of chin-chin

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

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British Dictionary definitions for chin-chin

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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