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

verb

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

    ‘he looked about ready to chin someone’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But am I going to squawk loudly, jump through the window, chin him and nick his chips?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I figured if I chinned both parties pretty quickly that would stop it.’
    • ‘Do you have a friend who would be prepared to talk sensibly to this fellow without chinning him?’
    • ‘The fellow who nearly chinned me is a big chap and he's very passionate, as we all are.’
    • ‘As a heavyweight I chinned 34 of my 35 victims, can you imagine what I am going to do as a cruiser?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Getting chinned by Anthony was one of the best things that could have happened to Lee.’
    • ‘I'd chin them first, then keep chinning them right through the game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the end, he said a few interesting things to Orlando and Orlando chinned 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He raised himself to the top of the crib and chinned himself a couple of times.’
    • ‘From the very start of his bodybuilding career, the Oak made chinning a priority in his workouts.’
    • ‘In sports, this move improves performance of pulling and lifting actions, as seen in the martial arts, chinning, and rope, mountain and rock climbing.’

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

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The neighboring areas of Chin, Kachin, and Shan became part of independent Burma.’
    • ‘But groups with their own states include the Karens, Chins, Shans, Kayahs, Arakanese, Mons and Kachins, and retain their distinctive culture and rural customs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Civil war erupted, with challenges to central government by the Karens of the Irrawaddy Delta and the Chin, Kayah, and Kachin hill tribes.’
    • ‘The Chin worshipped the spirits of their ancestors and proved difficult to reach with the gospel.’
    • ‘The Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2[mass 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.’
    • ‘Chances are that their children will have non-Chin names and will speak no Chin.’
    • ‘The Chin language descended from Tibeto-Burman language domain.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Chin or their language.

    • ‘One of the people here tonight to see Martin is a young Burmese man from the minority Chin ethnic group.’
    • ‘But, by the grace of God, the first Chin converts were registered as Christians by Carson in 1904, and baptised during 1905 and 1906.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chin refugees from Burma are especially vulnerable.’

Origin

From Burmese, hill man.

Pronunciation:

Chin

/tʃɪn/

Main definitions of chin in English

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Chin3

proper noun

  • variant spelling of jin

Pronunciation:

Chin

/tʃɪn/