Meaning of CHIN in English


I. ˈchin noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cinn; akin to Old High German kinni chin, Latin gena cheek, Greek genys jaw, cheek

Date: before 12th century

1. : the lower portion of the face lying below the lower lip and including the prominence of the lower jaw

2. : the surface beneath or between the branches of the lower jaw

• chin·less -ləs adjective

II. verb

( chinned ; chin·ning )

Date: 1869

transitive verb

1. : to bring to or hold with the chin

chin a violin

2. : to raise (oneself) while hanging by the hands until the chin is level with the support

intransitive verb

slang : to talk idly

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.