chin

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See also: Chin, chín, and chỉn

English[edit]

Composer Ambrose Thomas with hand on chin (1).

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English chin, from Old English cin or ċinn ‎(chin), from Proto-Germanic *kinnuz ‎(chin), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénus ‎(chin, jaw). Compare West Frisian/Dutch kin, Low German/German Kinn, Danish kind, Icelandic kinn and Welsh gen, Latin gena, Tocharian A śanwem, Ancient Greek γένυς ‎(génus) 'jaw', Armenian ծնոտ ‎(cnot), Persian چانه ‎(čâne), Sanskrit हनु ‎(hánu).

Noun[edit]

chin ‎(plural chins)

  1. The bottom of a face, (specifically) the typically jutting jawline below the mouth.
    • 1876, "C" in the Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed., Vol. IV, p. 616:
      Our English ch (pronounced tch) for original c (as in chin for Old English cin, child for cild) is due probably to Norman influence, but here, as often, it is difficult to differentiate the results of the many disturbing causes which have operated upon our language.
  2. (slang, US) Talk.
  3. (slang, Britain) A lie, a falsehood.
  4. (boxing, uncountable) The ability to withstand being punched in the chin without being knocked out.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (central area of the jaw, below the mouth): mentum (anatomy)
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Verb[edit]

chin ‎(third-person singular simple present chins, present participle chinning, simple past and past participle chinned)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To talk.
  2. To perform a chin-up.
  3. (Britain, transitive) To punch (someone)'s chin (part of the body).
Synonyms[edit]
  • (talk (slang)): gab

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of chinchilla.

Noun[edit]

chin ‎(plural chins)

  1. (affectionate) a chinchilla.

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Aromanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pīnus. Compare Daco-Romanian pin.

Noun[edit]

chin

  1. pine

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Franco-Provençal[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin canem, accusative singular of canis.

Noun[edit]

chin

  1. dog

Japanese[edit]

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chin

  1. rōmaji reading of ちん

Navajo[edit]

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Noun[edit]

chin

  1. grime, filth, body dirt

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Hungarian kín.

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Noun[edit]

chin n ‎(plural chinuri)

  1. torture, pain

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dicționarul explicativ al limbii române (DEX) Online : [1]

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

chin m ‎(plural chines)

  1. (Dominican Republic, slang) small amount
    Dame un chin de café.
    Give me a little coffee.

References[edit]

  • Orlando Alba, Cómo hablamos los dominicanos, Santo Domingo, Amigo del Hogar, 2003. (full text)