pachinko

[ puh-ching-koh ]
/ pəˈtʃɪŋ koʊ /

noun

a Japanese pinball game played on a vertical machine in which slots struck by the player's ball release other balls that in turn are exchanged for noncash prizes.

Nearby words

  1. pacey,
  2. pacha,
  3. pachalic,
  4. pachelbel,
  5. pachelbel, johann,
  6. pachisi,
  7. pachmann,
  8. pachmann, vladimir de,
  9. pachomius,
  10. pachouli

Origin of pachinko

1950–55; < Japanese, equivalent to pachin click! (imitative) + -ko diminutive suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for pachinko

pachinko

/ (pəˈtʃɪŋkəʊ) /

noun

a Japanese game similar to pinball

Word Origin for pachinko

C20: possibly from Japanese pachin, imitative of the sound of a ball being fired by a trigger

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Word Origin and History for pachinko

pachinko

n.

1953, from Japanese, "pinball machine," also "slingshot, handgun," from pachin, of echoic origin, + diminutive suffix -ko.

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