chink

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1chink

noun \ˈchiŋk\

Definition of CHINK

1
:  a small cleft, slit, or fissure <a chink in the fence>
2
:  a weak spot that may leave one vulnerable <his lawyers found a chink in the law>
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

2chink

verb

Definition of CHINK

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

First Known Use of CHINK

1609

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

3chink

noun

Definition of CHINK

1
archaic :  coin, money
2
:  a short sharp sound

Origin of CHINK

imitative
First Known Use: 1573

4chink

verb

Definition of CHINK

intransitive verb
:  to make a slight sharp metallic sound
transitive verb
:  to cause to make a chink

First Known Use of CHINK

1589

Chink

noun or adjective \ˈchiŋk\

Definition of CHINK

usually offensive
:  chinese

Origin of CHINK

perhaps alteration of Chinese
First Known Use: 1887

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