a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.
a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings.
to fill up chinks in.
Other definitions for chink (2 of 3)
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.
Other definitions for Chink (3 of 3)
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
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How to use chink in a sentence
“We were raised with this mystique about the accident being the chink in this important legacy,” she says.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General | Tim Teeman | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In letting one of the company out she incautiously stood looking through the open chink into the dark passage.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
I found a chink in the wall and beheld the face of the Englishman peering from the small end window.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Mysie dashed the warm tears from her eyes, and looked again through the chink in the shutter.The Underworld | James C. Welsh
And whenever at work he happened to spy At chink or crevice a blinking eye, He let the dipper of water fly.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
According to Skeat jingle, “a frequentative verb from the base jink,” is allied to chink, and chink is “an imitative word”.Archaic England | Harold Bayley
British Dictionary definitions for chink (1 of 3)
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
- chinky, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for chink (2 of 3)
to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
such a sound
British Dictionary definitions for Chink (3 of 3)
an old-fashioned and highly derogatory term for Chinese
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