Main definitions of chin in US English:

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

    • ‘He had brown eyebrows and some brown facial growth on his chin and around his mouth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip, lower lip, the chin and into his neck.’
    • ‘Coby lightly rubbed his chin on my shoulder when a laugh peeled out.’
    • ‘I lifted his chin with a finger and he stared reluctantly into my eyes.’
    • ‘He yelled, while he stroked his pointy chin with his clawed right hand.’
    • ‘Her face was delicately formed with a thin, shapely nose and a slightly pointed chin.’
    • ‘He pulled her closer to him, cupping her chin in the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘The girl's chin quivered, but she did not cry.’
    • ‘He had a slightly pointed chin, and flecks of stubble grew there.’
    • ‘She leaned her elbows on the windowsill, resting her chin in her hands.’
    • ‘Ant cupped his chin in his palm as he sized up his brother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I sat down at the kitchen table and rested my chin in my hands.’
    • ‘She walked over, encircled her arms about his waist, and propped her chin on his shoulder.’
    • ‘He backs slowly away from the door and scratches his chin in thought.’
    • ‘Glancing down the hallway, he rubbed his chin thoughtfully then tapped out another set of numbers.’


[with object]
  • Draw one's body up so as to bring one's chin level with or above (a horizontal bar) with one's feet off the ground, as an exercise.

    • ‘In sports, this move improves performance of pulling and lifting actions, as seen in the martial arts, chinning, and rope, mountain and rock climbing.’
    • ‘From the very start of his bodybuilding career, the Oak made chinning a priority in his workouts.’
    • ‘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.’


  • keep one's chin up

    • informal Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances.

      ‘keep your chin up, we're not lost yet’
      • ‘Instead she kept her chin up and walked away from his cell.’
      • ‘I kept my chin up and held back any memories that would cause me to so much as get watery in the eyes.’
      • ‘Charlie tells her to keep her chin up and then he disappears.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sport your suit and keep your chin up and go to Bar St-Laurent on Tuesdays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suzanne Pender talks to Bernadette Fleming who has vowed to keep her chin up against all the odds’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has kept his chin up throughout his treatment and this award would be something good after having such a bad year.’
      • ‘Dad says keep your chin up and your head down and most of all please keep safe.’
      • ‘However, if you keep your chin up, you can accomplish anything.’
      • ‘When I told them about the debacle at Emery, the D.C. program directors told me to keep my chin up and work harder.’
      • ‘When you're down, its absolutely important that you keep your chin up and keep on fighting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So keep your chin up, dig in to work and rejoice in the fact that the weekend is almost here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘She said to me, ‘You just have to keep your chin up.’
  • take it on the chin

    • Endure or accept misfortune courageously or stoically.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘I'm just grateful that Mr Horner did the decent thing and took 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.’
      • ‘But like Lex, she took it on the chin and came out winning.’
      • ‘England took it on the chin but their pain was severe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's hurting but he took it on the chin and he'll be back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 the die-hard footie fan took it on the chin and said at least he could salvage something out of the day.’
      • ‘And as it turned out, the Cuban capital took it on the chin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Connors, though heartbroken at the time, took it on the chin and set about replacing the herd.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was disappointing, but there are a lot of players down south and very few contracts so I took it on the chin.’


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’.




Main definitions of chin in US English:

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  • Relating to the Chin or their language.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Main definitions of chin in US English:

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Myanmar has eight major ethnic groups - Bamas, Kayins, Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Kachins, Chins and Kayahs.’
    • ‘The neighboring areas of Chin, Kachin, and Shan became part of independent Burma.’
    • ‘The Burma Rifles, which normally took recruits only from the Karens, Kachins, and Chins, had formed extra battalions by recruiting Burmans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Civil war erupted, with challenges to central government by the Karens of the Irrawaddy Delta and the Chin, Kayah, and Kachin hill tribes.’
    • ‘Perhaps 3 million Burmese, mostly Karens, Kachins, Chins, and Lisu, are Christians who accept animistic rituals like the Burmans, who are mostly Theravada Buddhists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Chin worshipped the spirits of their ancestors and proved difficult to reach with the gospel.’
    • ‘But groups with their own states include the Karens, Chins, Shans, Kayahs, Arakanese, Mons and Kachins, and retain their distinctive culture and rural customs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.’
  • 2The Tibeto-Burman language of the Chin, with about 800,000 speakers.

    • ‘Chances are that their children will have non-Chin names and will speak no Chin.’
    • ‘The Chin language descended from Tibeto-Burman language domain.’
    • ‘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.’


From Burmese, ‘hill man’.

Main definitions of chin in US English:

: chin1Chin2Chin3


proper noun

  • variant spelling of Jin