- 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 chinking
The roof and floor was gone, but the walls needed only chinking.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
“Indeed but I shall not,” replied Dan, chinking it as he spoke.The Little Quaker
There was no chinking of bits, no jingling of spurs, no clanking of sabres.The White Chief
I sure do love every log and daub of chinking in that cabin.Connie Morgan in Alaska
James B. Hendryx
Snedeker had covered his roofs with the same material he used for chinking.The Lost Wagon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- 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 chinking
"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.