Main definitions of chin in English

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chin1

noun

  • The protruding part of the face below the mouth, formed by the apex of the lower jaw.

    ‘grey stubble covered his cheeks and chin’
    • ‘He had brown eyebrows and some brown facial growth on his chin and around his mouth.’
    • ‘I sat down at the kitchen table and rested my chin in my hands.’
    • ‘He yelled, while he stroked his pointy chin with his clawed right hand.’
    • ‘Ant cupped his chin in his palm as he sized up his brother.’
    • ‘His fingertips brushed my chin as out our mouths collided, and passionately we kissed under the stars.’
    • ‘Coby lightly rubbed his chin on my shoulder when a laugh peeled out.’
    • ‘He backs slowly away from the door and scratches his chin in thought.’
    • ‘He pulled her closer to him, cupping her chin in the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip, lower lip, the chin and into his neck.’
    • ‘Glancing down the hallway, he rubbed his chin thoughtfully then tapped out another set of numbers.’
    • ‘She leaned her elbows on the windowsill, resting her chin in her hands.’
    • ‘Typical adult females have smaller jaws, noses, and chins, and thus eyes and cheekbones that are more prominent and appear to be larger than in typical males.’
    • ‘He had a slightly pointed chin, and flecks of stubble grew there.’
    • ‘The girl's chin quivered, but she did not cry.’
    • ‘In trying on the helmet, you must hold it by the chin straps.’
    • ‘The King took the paper and began reading it, scratching his bearded chin.’
    • ‘Adrian shook his head, lowering his chin and raising his hand to check his wig was on straight.’
    • ‘She walked over, encircled her arms about his waist, and propped her chin on his shoulder.’
    • ‘Her face was delicately formed with a thin, shapely nose and a slightly pointed chin.’
    • ‘I lifted his chin with a finger and he stared reluctantly into my eyes.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1informal Hit or punch (someone) on the chin.

    ‘he looked about ready to chin someone’
    • ‘But am I going to squawk loudly, jump through the window, chin him and nick his chips?’
    • ‘The fellow who nearly chinned me is a big chap and he's very passionate, as we all are.’
    • ‘In the end, he said a few interesting things to Orlando and Orlando chinned him.’
    • ‘In 2002 a training-ground crunching tackle by Olof Mellberg on Ljungberg sparked a fight where both men got chinned and a row simmered for days.’
    • ‘Getting chinned by Anthony was one of the best things that could have happened to Lee.’
    • ‘We were real men, we'd have chinned them,’ he laughs.’
    • ‘If it had been a policeman, a social worker, a teacher, or anybody else for that matter, chinning somebody on television, would we have heard praise from the leader of the government?’
    • ‘I'd chin them first, then keep chinning them right through the game.’
    • ‘As a heavyweight I chinned 34 of my 35 victims, can you imagine what I am going to do as a cruiser?’
    • ‘Leaning back into the car at one point to right the passenger seat, I got comprehensively chinned by the headrest and would probably have gone down if the dashboard had not broken my fall.’
    • ‘I figured if I chinned both parties pretty quickly that would stop it.’
    • ‘He tells of his 180-bout conventional amateur boxing career which was terminated, Stockin alleges, when his dad chinned a bent official who wanted to bet on him losing.’
    • ‘A few big shots went in and he seemed to lose interest and rather than get chinned out cold he just wanted to get himself out of there.’
    • ‘Do you have a friend who would be prepared to talk sensibly to this fellow without chinning him?’
  • 2Draw one's body up so that one's chin is level with or above (a horizontal bar) with one's feet off the ground, as an exercise.

    ‘each boy must chin a bar four times’
    • ‘In sports, this move improves performance of pulling and lifting actions, as seen in the martial arts, chinning, and rope, mountain and rock climbing.’
    • ‘By the time bombardier Billy Wood and navigator John Wilson chinned themselves into position through the nose hatch, I had pumped some of the ground crew for the naked lady's background.’
    • ‘From the very start of his bodybuilding career, the Oak made chinning a priority in his workouts.’
    • ‘He raised himself to the top of the crib and chinned himself a couple of times.’

Phrases

  • keep one's chin up

    • informal Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances.

      ‘keep your chin up, we're not lost yet’
      • ‘Sport your suit and keep your chin up and go to Bar St-Laurent on Tuesdays.’
      • ‘I kept my chin up and held back any memories that would cause me to so much as get watery in the eyes.’
      • ‘He has kept his chin up throughout his treatment and this award would be something good after having such a bad year.’
      • ‘Memories of your relationship come flooding back and you spend a few days deciding if you should politely decline and send a nice gift, or keep your chin up and RSVP yes.’
      • ‘Dad says keep your chin up and your head down and most of all please keep safe.’
      • ‘Amy's parents will find it just as hard as I did but the most important thing is that you keep your chin up and don't give up hope.’
      • ‘Suzanne Pender talks to Bernadette Fleming who has vowed to keep her chin up against all the odds’
      • ‘‘She said to me, ‘You just have to keep your chin up.’
      • ‘Hairdressers from Williams and Griffin were drafted in to perform the shave and Grace very bravely kept her chin up as her beautiful locks were chopped.’
      • ‘Instead she kept her chin up and walked away from his cell.’
      • ‘Charlie tells her to keep her chin up and then he disappears.’
      • ‘And somehow she keeps her chin up despite her domineering father and her own lingering sense of disappointment, which together conspire to prevent her from being her own person.’
      • ‘The main motto of finding work in Sydney is to actively make it your occupation to find an occupation; door knock, badger people, or you can even beg if you want to, but most importantly keep your chin up.’
      • ‘When you're down, its absolutely important that you keep your chin up and keep on fighting.’
      • ‘So keep your chin up, dig in to work and rejoice in the fact that the weekend is almost here.’
      • ‘However, if you keep your chin up, you can accomplish anything.’
      • ‘He never once gave a second thought to hating on himself and he kept his chin up through those dark days of the 1960s when all hell was breakin’ loose because America didn't listen.’
      • ‘I kept my chin up and borrowed a couple of books for references for my report about the difference between a Shape shifter demon and a Beast demon.’
      • ‘When I told them about the debacle at Emery, the D.C. program directors told me to keep my chin up and work harder.’
      • ‘I intend to fight back and regain my place on the panel and the only way to do that is by keeping my chin up and continuing with my training.’
  • take it on the chin

    • Accept misfortune courageously or stoically.

      ‘one of her great strengths is her ability to take it on the chin’
      • ‘Some players are going to have to take it on the chin and accept that they still have to learn what it takes to win big games.’
      • ‘Cullen said he hoped the result encourages the NDP government to recognize that between the mad cow crisis and adverse weather conditions, Manitoba farmers are really taking it on the chin.’
      • ‘But the die-hard footie fan took it on the chin and said at least he could salvage something out of the day.’
      • ‘England took it on the chin but their pain was severe.’
      • ‘It was disappointing, but there are a lot of players down south and very few contracts so I took it on the chin.’
      • ‘He told one American newspaper: ‘I think I've learnt that I've got to accept that, take it on the chin, and move on.’’
      • ‘Today I'm here to write a love letter to the people and places of Florida, because they've been taking it on the chin lately, storm-wise, and I'd like them to know I'm thinking of them.’
      • ‘He's hurting but he took it on the chin and he'll be back.’
      • ‘So before you go on, does that mean that Swedes just take it on the chin, and that they accept it as a disease and it's not a debate?’
      • ‘But like Lex, she took it on the chin and came out winning.’
      • ‘And as it turned out, the Cuban capital took it on the chin.’
      • ‘When the British Jockey Club cracked down on him for his latest misdemeanour, he took it on the chin, accepting that he deserved it, and stating that he was unlikely to return to the saddle again.’
      • ‘I'm just grateful that Mr Horner did the decent thing and took it on the chin.’
      • ‘Had Webster gone to war it would, unquestionably, have made life more difficult for his team-mates in this critical stage of the season, so he took it on the chin and maintained a dignified silence.’
      • ‘The Connors, though heartbroken at the time, took it on the chin and set about replacing the herd.’
      • ‘Faced with scrambled nest eggs, sinking pension plans, shaky health coverage and a gloomy job market, record numbers of average Americans are taking it on the chin - and in the wallet.’
      • ‘We watched the way Hal was grilled at the press conferences, the way he took it on the chin, but the ambassadorial role, which is equally important, he played magnificently well.’
      • ‘Noble chief executive Richard Elman said all the group's businesses " performed well with one exception: we really took it on the chin in our soyabean operations " to record a US $25 million loss.’
      • ‘He pointed out: ‘They failed to qualify in Malaysia but took it on the chin and basically stuck with the same team and the same set-up.’’
      • ‘He took it on the chin like an Englishman, and was rather charming, as the very smart (who for some reason tend to be scientists) can do.’

Origin

Old English cin, cinn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin gena ‘cheek’ and Greek genus ‘jaw’.

Pronunciation

chin

/tʃɪn/

Main definitions of chin in English

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Chin2

adjective

  • Relating to the Chin or their language.

    • ‘Chin refugees from Burma are especially vulnerable.’
    • ‘If any portion of the plan failed there was still the possibility of retrieving the situation by simply attacking and if either flank attack succeeded it would bring a great advantage to the Chin army.’
    • ‘But, by the grace of God, the first Chin converts were registered as Christians by Carson in 1904, and baptised during 1905 and 1906.’
    • ‘One of the people here tonight to see Martin is a young Burmese man from the minority Chin ethnic group.’

Pronunciation

Chin

/tʃɪn/

Main definitions of chin in English

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Chin3

noun

  • 1A member of a people of SW Burma (Myanmar) and neighbouring parts of India and Bangladesh.

    • ‘The Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.’
    • ‘Most Burmese Baptists are members of the major tribal groups, including the Karens and the Chins.’
    • ‘The Burma Rifles, which normally took recruits only from the Karens, Kachins, and Chins, had formed extra battalions by recruiting Burmans.’
    • ‘But groups with their own states include the Karens, Chins, Shans, Kayahs, Arakanese, Mons and Kachins, and retain their distinctive culture and rural customs.’
    • ‘Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.’
    • ‘The Chin worshipped the spirits of their ancestors and proved difficult to reach with the gospel.’
    • ‘Through the dedicated work of Judson and other missionaries, the gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout Burma, particularly among minority tribal people groups, such as the Karen, Kachin and Chin.’
    • ‘Myanmar's population is divided primarily into seven separate administrative states, in addition to the Burmans: the Chins, the Kachins, the Karens, the Kayahs, the Mons, the Arakenese and the Shans.’
    • ‘Myanmar has eight major ethnic groups - Bamas, Kayins, Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Kachins, Chins and Kayahs.’
    • ‘But less often heard are the voices, the ethnic national minority groups, such as the Karen, the Karenni, the Mon, the Shan, the Chin, the Kachin and so on.’
    • ‘There are also significant numbers of Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Pao, Palaung, Lahu, Wa, and Rohingya.’
    • ‘Perhaps 3 million Burmese, mostly Karens, Kachins, Chins, and Lisu, are Christians who accept animistic rituals like the Burmans, who are mostly Theravada Buddhists.’
    • ‘In addition there were separate expeditions against the Chins and Lushais on the borders of Burma and Bengal in 1889-90; the Chins in 1892-3; and the Kachins in Upper Burma in 1892-3 and 1895.’
    • ‘Civil war erupted, with challenges to central government by the Karens of the Irrawaddy Delta and the Chin, Kayah, and Kachin hill tribes.’
    • ‘The neighboring areas of Chin, Kachin, and Shan became part of independent Burma.’
  • 2mass noun The Tibeto-Burman language of the Chin, with about 800,000 speakers.

    • ‘Thanks to her upbringing by a Karen mother and a Chin father, Phaw speaks both languages, as well as several Chin dialects, in addition to Burmese, the official language of Burma.’
    • ‘The Chin language descended from Tibeto-Burman language domain.’
    • ‘Chances are that their children will have non-Chin names and will speak no Chin.’

Origin

From Burmese, ‘hill man’.

Pronunciation

Chin

/tʃɪn/

Main definitions of chin in English

: chin1Chin2Chin3

Chin

proper noun

  • variant spelling of Jin

Pronunciation

Chin

/tʃɪn/