Origin of chinch

1615–25; < Spanish chinche < Latin cīmic- (stem of cīmex) bug Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chinch

Historical Examples of chinch

  • The Chinch bug begins its terrible ravages in the wheat fields.

    Our Common Insects

    Alpheus Spring Packard

  • The chinch bugs might bother everyone else, but Martin seemed to be able to guard against them with fair success.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • It takes over twenty-four thousand chinch bugs to weigh one ounce.

    News Writing

    M. Lyle Spencer

  • Oniscus asellus was sometimes called "socchetre," "church louse," and "chinch."

    The British Woodlice

    Wilfred Mark Webb

  • Found them so popular that he took on chinch bugs at a nickel, and fairly coined money.

British Dictionary definitions for chinch


  1. 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper