Definition of Chink

1. Noun. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent.

Exact synonyms: Chinaman
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement, Ethnic Slur, Argot, Cant, Jargon, Lingo, Patois, Slang, Vernacular
Generic synonyms: Chinese

2. Verb. Make or emit a high sound. "Tinkling bells"
Exact synonyms: Clink, Tink, Tinkle
Generic synonyms: Go, Sound
Derivative terms: Clink, Tinkle

3. Noun. A narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall.
Generic synonyms: Cleft, Crack, Crevice, Fissure, Scissure

4. Verb. Fill the chinks of, as with caulking.
Generic synonyms: Plug, Secure, Stop Up

5. Noun. A short light metallic sound.
Exact synonyms: Click, Clink
Generic synonyms: Sound
Derivative terms: Click, Click, Clink, Clink

6. Verb. Make cracks or chinks in. "The heat checked the paint"
Exact synonyms: Check
Related verbs: Break, Check, Crack
Generic synonyms: Crack
Derivative terms: Check

Definition of Chink

1. n. A small cleft, rent, or fissure, of greater length than breadth; a gap or crack; as, the chinks of a wall.

2. v. i. To crack; to open.

3. v. t. To cause to open in cracks or fissures.

4. n. A short, sharp sound, as of metal struck with a slight degree of violence.

5. v. t. To cause to make a sharp metallic sound, as coins, small pieces of metal, etc., by bringing them into collision with each other.

6. v. i. To make a slight, sharp, metallic sound, as by the collision of little pieces of money, or other small sonorous bodies.

Definition of Chink

1. Noun. (slang ethnic slur pejorative) A Chinese person. ¹

2. Noun. A narrow opening such as a fissure or crack. ¹

3. Noun. A chip or dent (in something metallic). ¹

4. Noun. A vulnerability or flaw in a protection system or in any otherwise formidable system, idiomatically derived from the phrase "chink in armor". ¹

5. Noun. (slang) coin or ready cash (1565-75) ¹

6. Verb. To fill an opening such as the space between logs in a log house with chinking; to caulk. ¹

7. Noun. A slight sound as of metal objects touching each other. ¹

8. Noun. (context: colloquial now rare) Ready money, especially in the form of coins. ¹

9. Verb. To make a slight sound like that of metal objects touching. ¹

10. Noun. (alternative form of Chink) ¹

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Definition of Chink

1. to fill cracks or fissures in [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chink

chinese hamster ovary cell
chinese restaurant syndrome
ching chong
chinic acid
chink (current term)
chink up
chinkapin oak

Literary usage of Chink

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of English Etymology by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1872)
"To chink with laughter, to lose one's breath with laughter and make a ... chink. Primarily a shrill sound, as the chink of money, to chink with laugh- ter. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Referring to water: examine, plumb, fathom. 2. See EXAMINE. sound, n. 1. noise; spec, bang, beat, blare, blast, boom, bourdon, buzz, cacophony, chime, chink ..."

3. Sea Songs. by William Cox BENNETT (1878)
"HE'S ALL RIGHT IN WHOSE POCKET THERE'S ALWAYS SOME chink. Now, messmates, attend and make note of my song, If you follow its teaching, you can't go far ..."

4. Lives of the Hunted: Containing a True Account of the Doings of Five by Ernest Thompson Seton (1901)
"... chink: The Development of a Pup HINK was just old enough to think himself a very remarkable little Dog; and so he was, but not in the way he fondly ..."

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