noun, plural Chinamen.
Idioms 1. Older Use: Usually Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Chinese or a person of Chinese descent
(lowercase) Archaic. a person who imports or sells china.
(often lowercase) Political Slang. a person regarded as one's benefactor, sponsor, or protector: to see one's chinaman about a favor.
a Chinaman's chance, Usually Offensive.
the slightest chance: He hasn't a Chinaman's chance of getting that job.
Historically, Chinaman was a neutral compound word, similar to Irishman or Englishman, but it began to take on negative connotations in the 19th century, when many Chinese immigrants went to work in the American West. The expression a Chinaman's chance originally made reference to these Chinese laborers, though the exact origin of the phrase is disputed.