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
Related Words for chinningrecite, pronounce, blurt, whisper, express, deliver, mutter, articulate, enunciate, assert, shout, proclaim, speak, ejaculate, asseverate, chin, go, chime, modulate, declaim
Examples from the Web for chinning
Historical Examples of 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.
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.