- 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
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
"Take it over," said the chinless boy, who was a sport if nothing else.
I knew he would when I saw who was ahead of us—Colonel Jimmy and the chinless boy.
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
- having a receding chin
- weak or ineffectual
- 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.