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chink

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 and Etymology of chink

probably alteration of Middle English chine crack, fissure

First Known Use: 1535

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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chink

verb

Definition of chink

chinked; chinking; chinks
: to fill the chinks of (as by caulking)
  • chink a log cabin

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chink

noun

Definition of chink

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

Origin and Etymology of chink

imitative

First Known Use: 1573

in the meaning defined at sense 1


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chink

verb

Definition of chink

chinked; chinking; chinks
: to make a slight sharp metallic sound
: to cause to make a chink

Chink

noun or adjective \ ˈchiŋk \

Definition of Chink

offensive
used as an insulting and contemptuous term for a person of Chinese birth or descent

Origin and Etymology of chink

perhaps alteration of Chinese

First Known Use: 1887

in the meaning defined above


CHINK Defined for Kids

chink

noun \ ˈchiŋk \

Definition of chink for Students

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

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