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Monday, February 11, 2013

Definitions for kinchin

  1. a child.

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Citations for kinchin
He's naught but a kinchin, no bigger than a sparrow. Joan Aiken, The Whispering Mountain
Now I come to think of it, Kinchin is English too. In Oliver Twist the boys who work for Fagin are taught to be kinchins and prig people's wipes. Angela Thirkell, Caroline Alice Lejeune, Three Score and Ten
Origin of kinchin
1690-1700
Derived from the German kindchen, kinchin is a diminutive form of kind meaning "child." Kindchen entered the lexicon in the last decade of the 1600s.