a crack, cleft, or fissure:
a chink in a wall.
a narrow opening:
a chink between two buildings.
verb (used with object)
to fill up chinks in.
verb (used with or without object)
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.
a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
chink in one’s armour, a small but fatal weakness
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to fill up or make cracks in
to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
such a sound
noun, adjective (pl) Chinks, Chinkies
an old-fashioned and highly derogatory term for Chinese
“a split, crack,” 1530s, with parasitic -k + Middle English chine (and replacing this word) “fissure, narrow valley,” from Old English cinu, cine “fissure,” related to cinan “to crack, split, gape,” common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German kinan, Gothic uskeinan, German keimen “to germinate;” Middle Dutch kene, Old Saxon kin, German Keim “germ;” ), from PIE root *geie- “to sprout, split open.” The connection being in the notion of bursting open.
“a Chinaman,” 1901, derogatory, perhaps derived somehow from China, or else from chink (n.1) with reference to eye shape.
“sharp sound” (especially of coin), 1580s, probably imitative. As a verb from 1580s. Related: Chinked; chinking.
: Chink food/ a chink chick
A Chinese person (1900+)
[chin-kyang] /ˈtʃɪnˈkyæŋ/ noun 1. Older Spelling. .
[chingk] /tʃɪŋk/ noun 1. a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall. 2. a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings. verb (used with object) 3. to fill up chinks in. [chingk] /tʃɪŋk/ verb (used with or without object) 1. to make, or cause to make, a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of […]
adj. “full of chinks,” 1640s, from chink (n.1) + -y (2). As a noun by 1879, variant of chink (n.2), derogatory term for “Chinese person;” chiefly British.
[chin] /tʃɪn/ noun 1. the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth. 2. the prominence of the lower jaw. 3. Informal. . verb (used with object), chinned, chinning. 4. Gymnastics. 5. to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin. 6. Archaic. to talk to; chatter with. verb (used without object), chinned, chinning. […]