Main definitions of chin in English

: chin1Chin2Chin3


Pronunciation /CHin/ /tʃɪn/

See synonyms for chin on

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

    ‘gray stubble covered his cheeks and chin’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adrian shook his head, lowering his chin and raising his hand to check his wig was on straight.’
    • ‘The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip, lower lip, the chin and into his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He yelled, while he stroked his pointy chin with his clawed right hand.’
    • ‘I sat down at the kitchen table and rested my chin in my hands.’
    • ‘She leaned her elbows on the windowsill, resting her chin in her hands.’
    • ‘I lifted his chin with a finger and he stared reluctantly into my eyes.’
    • ‘Coby lightly rubbed his chin on my shoulder when a laugh peeled out.’
    • ‘Glancing down the hallway, he rubbed his chin thoughtfully then tapped out another set of numbers.’
    • ‘Ant cupped his chin in his palm as he sized up his brother.’
    • ‘He pulled her closer to him, cupping her chin in the palm of his hand.’
    • ‘The King took the paper and began reading it, scratching his bearded chin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The girl's chin quivered, but she did not cry.’
    • ‘In trying on the helmet, you must hold it by the chin straps.’
    • ‘He had a slightly pointed chin, and flecks of stubble grew there.’
    • ‘Her face was delicately formed with a thin, shapely nose and a slightly pointed chin.’

transitive verb

[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.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In sports, this move improves performance of pulling and lifting actions, as seen in the martial arts, chinning, and rope, mountain and rock climbing.’


    take it on the chin
    • Endure or accept misfortune courageously or stoically.

      ‘one of her great strengths is her ability to take 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But like Lex, she took it on the chin and came out winning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as it turned out, the Cuban capital took it on the chin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘England took it on the chin but their pain was severe.’
      • ‘He's hurting but he took it on the chin and he'll be back.’
      • ‘The Connors, though heartbroken at the time, took it on the chin and set about replacing the herd.’
      • ‘But the die-hard footie fan took it on the chin and said at least he could salvage something out of the day.’
      • ‘It was disappointing, but there are a lot of players down south and very few contracts so I 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    keep one's chin up
    • Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances.

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


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 English

: chin1Chin2Chin3


Pronunciation /jin/ /dʒɪn/

See synonyms for Chin on

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nounChin, Chins

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

  • 2The Tibeto-Burman language of the Chin, with about 800,000 speakers.


  • Relating to the Chin or their language.


From Burmese, ‘hill man’.

Main definitions of Chin in English

: chin1Chin2Chin3


See synonyms for Chin on

Translate Chin into Spanish

proper noun

variant spelling of Jin