a Japanese pinball game played on a vertical machine in which slots struck by the player's ball release other balls that in turn are exchanged for noncash prizes.

1950–55; < Japanese, equivalent to pachin click! (imitative) + -ko diminutive suffix Unabridged
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pachinko (pəˈtʃɪŋkəʊ)
a Japanese game similar to pinball
[C20: possibly from Japanese pachin, imitative of the sound of a ball being fired by a trigger]

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Word Origin & History

1953, from Japanese, "pinball machine," also "slingshot, handgun," from pachin, of echoic origin, + dim. suffix -ko.
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Example sentences
You've seen the game of pachinko-a small metal ball dropped into a thicket of horizontal pegs rattles its way to the bottom.
For many years, it was pachinko, or playing the pinball machines.
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