- 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 chinning
I know I am something of a chinning machine, but I am harmless.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
I exercised by chinning myself on the bars and playing gymnastics.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
And while Gabe chawed away at the knots we did some chinning, believe me.Fred Fenton on the Track
Simply because I couldn't stand the chinning I'd get from my classmates.Victor Ollnee's Discipline
He had gotten Polly in a corner and was chinning the ear off of her.Biltmore Oswald
J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
- 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 and History for chinning
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.
Idioms and Phrases with chinning
see keep one's chin up; lead with one's chin; take it on the chin.