Chink
noun or adjective Etymology: perhaps alteration of Chinese Date: 1887 usually offensive Chinese

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  • Chink — (ch[i^][ng]k), n. [OE. chine, AS. c[=i]ne fissure, chink, fr. c[=i]nan to gape; akin to Goth. Keinan to sprout, G. keimen. Cf. {Chit}.] A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than breadth; a gap or crack; as, the chinks of a wall.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chink — Chink, n. [Of imitative origin. Cf. {Jingle}.] 1. A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight degree of violence. Chink of bell. Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. Money; cash. [Cant] To leave his chink to better hands. Somerville. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chink — Chink, v. t. 1. To cause to open in cracks or fissures. [1913 Webster] 2. To fill up the chinks of; as, to chink a wall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chink — Ⅰ. chink [1] ► NOUN 1) a narrow opening or crack. 2) a beam of light admitted by a chink. ORIGIN Old English Ⅱ. chink [2] ► VERB ▪ …   English terms dictionary

  • Chink — (ch[i^][ng]k), n. [From chinaman.] a chinaman; a chinese person; disparaging and offensive. [slang] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chink — Chink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chinked} (ch[i^][ng]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chinking}.] To crack; to open. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chink — Chink, v. t. To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with each other. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chink — Chink, v. i. To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chink — chink·er; chink; …   English syllables

  • chink — index rift (gap), split Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Chink — n taboo [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Chinese] a very offensive word for someone from China. Do not use this word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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