- a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.
- a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings.
- to fill up chinks in.
Origin of chink1
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- to make, or cause to make, a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of coins or glasses striking together.
- a chinking sound: the chink of ice in a glass.
- Slang. coin or ready cash.
Origin of chink2
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
Origin of Chink
Examples from the Web for chink
They ran headlines—not once, but twice—referring to NBA stud Jeremy Lin as a “chink.”ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
“We were raised with this mystique about the accident being the chink in this important legacy,” she says.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
Some of the more unsavory boys from the neighborhood called him “chink.”‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
Grant it but a chink or keyhole, and it shot in like a white-hot arrow.Little Dorrit
A slice of light through the chink stood across the passage.The Incomplete Amorist
I went up to the window and looked in through a chink in the shutter.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
"That seems handsome," said I, reconnoitring through the chink.The Prisoner of Zenda
"Aissa," he said, pleadingly, pressing his lips to a chink between the stakes.An Outcast of the Islands
- a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
- chink in one's armour a small but fatal weakness
- (tr) mainly US and Canadian to fill up or make cracks in
- to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
- such a sound
taboo Chinky (ˈtʃɪŋkɪ)
- an old-fashioned and highly derogatory term for Chinese
Word Origin and History for chink
"a split, crack," 1530s, with parasitic -k + Middle English chine (and replacing this word) "fissure, narrow valley," from Old English cinu, cine "fissure," related to cinan "to crack, split, gape," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German kinan, Gothic uskeinan, German keimen "to germinate;" Middle Dutch kene, Old Saxon kin, German Keim "germ;" ), from PIE root *geie- "to sprout, split open." The connection being in the notion of bursting open.
"sharp sound" (especially of coin), 1580s, probably imitative. As a verb from 1580s. Related: Chinked; chinking.