a narrow opening; crack; fissure; slit
ME chine, with unhistoric -k: see chine
- to close up the chinks in
- Obsolete to form chinks in
- a sharp, clinking sound, as of coins striking together
- Slang coin or cash
intransitive verb, transitive verb
to make or cause to make a sharp, clinking sound
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: a contemptuous or patronizing term no longer much used
prob. altered < China or Chinese
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A narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure. transitive verb chinked
- To make narrow openings in.
- To fill narrow openings in.
Origin: Probably alteration of obsolete chine, from Middle English, crack, from Old English cine.
A slight, metallic sound, as of coins rattling in a pocket.intr. & tr.v. chinked
To make or cause to make a slight, metallic sound.
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noun Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for person of Chinese birth or descent.
Origin: Probably alteration of Chinese.