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chink

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noun \ˈchiŋk\

Definition of chink

  1. 1 :  a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>

  2. 2 :  a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers found a chink in the law>

  3. 3 :  a narrow beam of light shining through a chink



Origin of chink

probably alteration of Middle English chine crack, fissure


First Known Use: 1535


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chink

verb

Definition of chink

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fill the chinks of (as by caulking) <chink a log cabin>



1609

First Known Use of chink

1609

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chink

noun

Definition of chink

  1. 1 archaic :  coin, money

  2. 2 :  a short sharp sound



Origin of chink

imitative


First Known Use: 1573


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chink

verb

Definition of chink

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a slight sharp metallic sound

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to cause to make a chink



1589

First Known Use of chink

1589


Chink

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noun or adjective \ˈchiŋk\

Definition of Chink

offensive

  1. :  chinese



Origin of chink

perhaps alteration of Chinese


First Known Use: 1887


CHINK Defined for Kids

chink

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noun \ˈchiŋk\

Definition of chink for Students

  1. :  a narrow slit or crack (as in a wall)




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