(endearing) A chinchilla.
- to bear up bravely under trying circumstances
- to suffer defeat, severe hardship, etc.
Other Word Forms of Chin
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Chin
- keep one's chin up
- take it on the chin
Origin of Chin
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)).
Middle English from Old English cin genu-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Shortening of chinchilla.
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