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chink1

[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.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; perhaps chine1 + -k suffix (see -ock)
Synonyms
1. breach, rent, cut.

chink2

[chingk] /tʃɪŋk/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make, or cause to make, a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of coins or glasses striking together.
noun
2.
a chinking sound:
the chink of ice in a glass.
3.
Slang. coin or ready cash.
Origin
1565-75; imitative

Chink

[chingk] /tʃɪŋk/
noun, (sometimes lowercase) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese person.
Origin
1900-05; earlier Chinkie apparently alteration of China, Chinese by association with chink1 (from the stereotypical Western image of Chinese as narrow-eyed); see -ie
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British Dictionary definitions for chink

chink1

/tʃɪŋk/
noun
1.
a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
2.
chink in one's armour, a small but fatal weakness
verb
3.
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to fill up or make cracks in
Derived Forms
chinky, adjective
Word Origin
C16: perhaps variant of earlier chine, from Old English cine crack; related to Middle Dutch kene, Danish kin

chink2

/tʃɪŋk/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
noun
2.
such a sound
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin

Chink

/tʃɪŋk/
noun, adjective (pl) Chinks, Chinkies
1.
an old-fashioned and highly derogatory term for Chinese
Word Origin
C20: probably from Chinese, influenced by chink1 (referring to the characteristic shape of the Chinese eye)
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Word Origin and History for chink
chink
"slit," 1530s, from M.E. chine (with parasitic -k) from O.E. cinu "fissure," related to cinan "to crack, split, gape," from PIE base *gei-, *gi- "to germinate, bloom," connection being in the notion of bursting open.
chink
"a Chinaman," 1901, derogatory, perhaps derived somehow from China, or else from chink (1) with ref. to eye shape.
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Slang definitions & phrases for chink

chink

adjective

: Chink food/ a chink chick

noun

A Chinese person (1900+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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