There are 3 definitions of chin in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʃɪn


The protruding part of the face below the mouth, formed by the apex of the lower jaw: grey stubble covered his cheeks and chin
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  • 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.


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1 informal Hit or punch (someone) on the chin: he looked about ready to chin someone
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  • In the end, he said a few interesting things to Orlando and Orlando chinned him.
  • The fellow who nearly chinned me is a big chap and he's very passionate, as we all are.
  • 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.
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
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  • 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.


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'.


keep one's chin up

informal Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances: keep your chin up, we’re not lost yet
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  • 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.

take it on the chin

Accept misfortune courageously or stoically: one of her great strengths is her ability to take it on the chin
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  • 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.’



[in combination]: square-chinned

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Pronunciation: /tʃɪn

noun (plural same or Chins)

1A member of a people of SW Burma (Myanmar) and neighbouring parts of India and Bangladesh.
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  • 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 Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.
  • The Burma Rifles, which normally took recruits only from the Karens, Kachins, and Chins, had formed extra battalions by recruiting Burmans.
2 [mass noun] The Tibeto-Burman language of the Chin, with about 800,000 speakers.
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  • 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.


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Relating to the Chin or their language.
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  • 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.
  • One of the people here tonight to see Martin is a young Burmese man from the minority Chin ethnic group.


from Burmese, 'hill man'.

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