Meaning of CHIN in English


I. ˈchin noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cinn; akin to Old High German kinni chin, Old Norse kinn cheek, Gothic kinnus, Latin gena, Greek genys jaw, cheek, Sanskrit hanu jaw

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

2. : the surface lying beneath the lower jaw or between the branches of the jaw — used chiefly of lower vertebrates in which a mental prominence is lacking from the jawbone

3. : a casual or random conversation : chat

get together for a chin — C.G.Norris

- chin up

II. verb

( chinned ; chinned ; chinning ; chins )

transitive verb

1. : to bring to or hold with the chin

the weary fiddler chinning his violin — Christopher Morley


a. : to raise oneself on (as a horizontal bar) while hanging by the hands from a position in which the arms are fully extended to a position in which the chin is level with or above the support

he chinned the bar 12 times

b. : to raise (oneself) in this manner

looked up at the top of the doorway, and … it was in his mind to leap up and seize it and chin himself on it — Kenneth Roberts

3. : to talk to especially volubly or boldly : chatter to

intransitive verb

: to talk especially idly or casually : chatter

the janitor can come in and chin with me any time he wants — W.H.Whyte

III. noun

( plural chin or chins )

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: Burmese, literally, hill-man


a. : a people in Burma differing from the Burmese in shorter stature and darker skin that inhabit the Chin hills and the Arakan Yoma in the southern part of the India-Burma frontier

b. : a member of such people

2. : the language of the Chin people similar to the Naga language and including numerous dialects

IV. noun

( -s )

Usage: usually capitalized

Etymology: by shortening

: chinchilla 5

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