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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 of chink1
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
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Examples from the Web for chinking
Historical Examples
  • After a little he caught the sound of the chinking gold pieces.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • The roof and floor was gone, but the walls needed only chinking.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • Then there was more liquor and yet more, till the mouth of the monastic lamp ran over with chinking coin.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • “Indeed but I shall not,” replied Dan, chinking it as he spoke.

    The Little Quaker Susan Moodie
  • In the chinking between the logs at the back of the bunks the frost showed white and glistening.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • There was no chinking of bits, no jingling of spurs, no clanking of sabres.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The glittering of the little ornaments of gold, and their chinking together as the wearer walks, have a peculiarly lively effect.

  • In three days the storehouse was done, excepting the chinking.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Ortensia heard a sort of chinking thud, as if a heavy purse had fallen on the stones.

    Stradella F(rancis) Marion Crawford
  • Now the chinking and moss-plugging of the new cabin required all attention.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
British Dictionary definitions for chinking

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 chinking

chink

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chinking

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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