Older Use: Offensive. a term used to refer to a Chinese person or a person of Chinese descent.
(often lowercase)Older Slang: Offensive. a person regarded as one's benefactor, sponsor, or protector.
(lowercase)Archaic. a person who imports or sells china.
Idioms about Chinaman
a Chinaman's chance, Older Use: Offensive. the slightest chance.
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How to use Chinaman in a sentence
Because in far distant times he saved the life of a Chinaman from the fury of a crocodile.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
In the dimly-lighted doorway of a corner house the figure of a Chinaman showed as a motionless silhouette.
Upon one of the tea-chests placed beside the cupboard which had contained the lantern a Chinaman was seated.
Sin Sin Wa never moved, and the raven, settling down upon the Chinaman's shoulder, closed his serviceable eye.
But it had been altered to suit the Chinaman's purpose, and one end—that in which the passage came out—was timbered.
British Dictionary definitions for Chinaman
archaic, or derogatory a native or inhabitant of China
(often not capital) cricket a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg
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