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  1. the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
  2. the prominence of the lower jaw.
  3. Informal. chin-up.
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verb (used with object), chinned, chin·ning.
  1. Gymnastics.
    1. to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
    2. to raise (oneself) to this position.
  2. to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
  3. Archaic. to talk to; chatter with.
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verb (used without object), chinned, chin·ning.
  1. Gymnastics. to chin oneself.
  2. Slang. to talk; chatter: We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
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  1. keep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc.Also chin up.
  2. take it on the chin, Informal.
    1. to suffer defeat; fail completely.
    2. to endure suffering or punishment.
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Origin of chin

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cin(n); cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw
Related formschin·less, adjectiveun·der·chin, noun
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Examples from the Web for chinning

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Simply because I couldn't stand the chinning I'd get from my classmates.

  • He had gotten Polly in a corner and was chinning the ear off of her.

    Biltmore Oswald

    J. Thorne Smith, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for chinning


  1. the protruding part of the lower jaw
  2. the front part of the face below the lipsRelated adjective: genial
  3. keep one's chin up to keep cheerful under difficult circumstancesSometimes shortened to: chin up!
  4. take it on the chin informal to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
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verb chins, chinning or chinned
  1. gymnastics to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
  2. (tr) informal to punch or hit (someone) on the chin
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Word Origin

Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu
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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").

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chinning in Medicine


  1. The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.
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Idioms and Phrases with chinning


see keep one's chin up; lead with one's chin; take it on the chin.

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