chinch

[chinch]
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noun

(loosely) a bedbug.

Nearby words

  1. chinatown,
  2. chinaware,
  3. chinbeak,
  4. chinbone,
  5. chincapin,
  6. chinch bug,
  7. chincherinchee,
  8. chinchilla,
  9. chinchow,
  10. chinchy

Origin of chinch

1615–25; < Spanish chinche < Latin cīmic- (stem of cīmex) bug

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British Dictionary definitions for chinch

chinch

noun

Southern US another name for a bedbug

Word Origin for chinch

C17: from Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex bug

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Word Origin and History for chinch

chinch

n.

"bedbug," 1610s, from Spanish/Portuguese chinche (diminutive chinchilla) "bug," from Latin cimicem (nominative cimex) "bedbug." Related: Chinch-bug.

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