- chinch bug.
- (loosely) a bedbug.
Origin of chinch
Examples from the Web for 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.Dust
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.Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son
George Horace Lorimer
- Southern US another name for a bedbug
Word Origin and History for chinch
"bedbug," 1610s, from Spanish/Portuguese chinche (diminutive chinchilla) "bug," from Latin cimicem (nominative cimex) "bedbug." Related: Chinch-bug.