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.
- to suffer defeat; fail completely.
- to endure suffering or punishment.
Origin of chin
Examples from the Web for chinless
Historical Examples of chinless
Both the curates are chinless, but hers had the dampest hands.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
It was inevitable that his character should become as chinless as his face.The Sin of Monsieur Pettipon
I knew he would when I saw who was ahead of us—Colonel Jimmy and the chinless boy.
"Take it over," said the chinless boy, who was a sport if nothing else.
Not a big chin like the one in the picture of Bridget's first husband, the prize-fighter; nor a chinless chin like Ethel's.The Cinder Pond
Carroll Watson Rankin
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.