noun, plural Chinamen.
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.

1765–75; China + -man

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 The expression a Chinaman's chance originally made reference to these Chinese laborers, though the exact origin of the phrase is disputed. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Chinaman (ˈtʃaɪnəmən)
n , pl -men
1.  archaic, derogatory or a native or inhabitant of China
2.  (often not capital) cricket a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg

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