- 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
Examples from the Web for chinked
Another turn, and that, too, chinked as it fell into the cash-box of the croupier!The Quadroon
It was built of saplings, eight feet square and chinked with mud.The Choctaw Freedmen
Robert Elliott Flickinger
Every crack was chinked up with mud and we had lots of wood.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
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It chinked pleasantly as it fell, and Cocardasse weighed it tenderly.The Duke's Motto
Justin Huntly McCarthy
It was chinked with clay years ago, but the rains have washed it out.My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field
Charles Carleton Coffin
- 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 chinked
"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.