Origin of chinMiddle English ; from Old English cin ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?enu-, chin, jawbone from source Gothic kinnus, cheek, Classical Latin gena, cheek, Classical Greek genys, chin
- Slang to converse idly; chat, gossip, etc.
- to chin oneself
keep one's chin up
take it on the chin⌂
verbchinned, chin·ning, chins
- To pull (oneself) up with the arms while grasping an overhead horizontal bar until the chin is level with or above the bar.
- Music To place (a violin) under the chin in preparation to play it.
- To chin oneself.
- Informal To make idle conversation; chatter.
Origin of chinMiddle English, from Old English cin; see genu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chins, present participle chinning, simple past and past participle chinned)
From Middle English chin, from Old English ċinn (“chin”), from Proto-Germanic *kinnuz (“chin”) (compare West Frisian/Dutch kin, Low German/German Kinn, Danish kind, Icelandic kinn), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenHw-, *ǵnā(w)- (“jaw”) (compare Welsh gen, Latin gena, Tocharian A śanwem, Ancient Greek γένυς (génus) 'jaw', Armenian ծնոտ (cnot), Persian چانه (čâne), Sanskrit हनु (hánu)).
- (endearing) a chinchilla.
Shortening of chinchilla.