the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
the prominence of the lower jaw.
verb (used with object), chinned, chinning.
to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
Archaic. to talk to; chatter with.
verb (used without object), chinned, chinning.
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.
having a receding chin
weak or ineffectual
the protruding part of the lower jaw
the front part of the face below the lips related adjective genial
keep one’s chin up, to keep cheerful under difficult circumstances Sometimes shortened to chin up!
(informal) take it on the chin, to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
verb chins, chinning, chinned
(gymnastics) to raise one’s chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
(transitive) (informal) to punch or hit (someone) on the 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.
The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.
A talk; a chat (1890s+)
take it on the chin, wag one’s chin
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- Chinless wonder
noun 1. (Brit, informal) a person, esp an upper-class one, lacking strength of character
[Chinese chin-muhn] /Chinese ˈtʃɪnˈmʌn/ noun, Wade-Giles. 1. .
- Chin muscle
chin muscle n. A muscle with origin from the incisor fossa of the mandible, with insertion into the skin of the chin, with nerve supply from the facial nerve, and whose action raises and wrinkles the skin of the chin and pushes up the lower lip.
noun, Older Slang. 1. idle talk; gossip. noun (informal) 1. (cricket, baseball) bowling or pitching aimed at the batsman or batter’s head 2. (US) idle conversation noun phrase