chink

noun (1)
\ ˈchiŋk How to pronounce chink (audio) \

Definition of chink

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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

chink

verb (1)
chinked; chinking; chinks

Definition of chink (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to fill the chinks of (as by caulking) chink a log cabin

chink

noun (2)

Definition of chink (Entry 3 of 5)

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

chink

verb (2)
chinked; chinking; chinks

Definition of chink (Entry 4 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to make a slight sharp metallic sound

transitive verb

: to cause to make a chink
\ ˈchiŋk How to pronounce Chink (audio) \

Definition of Chink (Entry 5 of 5)

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

Synonyms for chink

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (2)

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First Known Use of chink

Noun (1)

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1609, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun or adjective

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chink

Noun (1)

probably alteration of Middle English chine crack, fissure

Noun (2)

imitative

Noun or adjective

perhaps alteration of Chinese

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“Chink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chink. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for chink

Chink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Chink

: a Chinese person

chink

noun
\ ˈchiŋk How to pronounce chink (audio) \

Kids Definition of chink

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

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