Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About | Media | Search | Contact  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ



Aug 9, 2012
This week's theme
Reduplicatives

This week's words
chop-chop
froufrou
chichi
chin-chin
yada yada

Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

chin-chin

PRONUNCIATION:
(CHIN-chin)

MEANING:
noun: A chat.
verb intr.: To chat.
interjection: Used as a toast, greeting, or farewell.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Chinese ching-ching (please-please). Earliest documented use: 1795.

USAGE:
"Let's have a chin-chin about what's wanted of you."
Ivan Doig; The Eleventh Man; Harcourt; 2008.

"'Chin-chin,' Simic said and clinked Casson's glass."
Alan Furst; The World At Night; Random House; 1996.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
What is to give light must endure burning. -Viktor Frankl, author, neurologist and psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor (1905-1997)

We need your help

Help us continue to spread the magic of words to readers everywhere

Donate

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith