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n. Offensive
A Chinese man.


n, pl -men
1. (Peoples) archaic or derogatory a native or inhabitant of China
2. (Cricket) (often not capital) cricket a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg


(ˈtʃaɪ nə mən)

n., pl. -men.
Older Use: Usually Offensive. (a term used to refer to a Chinese.)
a Chinaman's chance, Usually Offensive. the slightest chance.
usage: Definition 1 is rarely used today. Definition 1 as well as the expression a Chinaman's chance are usually perceived as insulting to the Chinese.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chinaman - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
Chinese - a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
2.Chinaman - a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg
bowling - (cricket) the act of delivering a cricket ball to the batsman


(o.f.) [ˈtʃaɪnəmən] N (Chinamen (pl)) (pej in US) → chino m
References in classic literature ?
Lying, also dressed and also across the bed, not longwise, are a Chinaman, a Lascar, and a haggard woman.
And ye'll remember that nobody but me (and Jack Chinaman t'other side the court; but he can't do it as well as me) has the true secret of mixing it?
The cook, a harmless old Chinaman, and Virginia were left in sole possession of the Ithaca.
On the instant the old Chinaman was electrified into sudden and astounding action.
the cook, a little old Chinaman, asked the steward with eager humility, inviting the white man's acceptance of his own bunk with a wave of arm.
At that moment Captain MacWhirr, back from the shore, crossed the deck, umbrella in hand, escorted by a mournful, self-possessed Chinaman, walking behind in paper-soled silk shoes, and who also carried an umbrella.
do that because the Chinaman did not, or would n'ot, learn to cut down trees like a white man?
Once he had been arrested for assaulting a Chinaman.
Schneider saw the Chinaman, and motioned to him that the coast was clear.
A big Chinaman, remarkably evil-looking, with his head swathed in a yellow silk handkerchief and face badly pock-marked, planted a pike-pole on the Reindeer's bow and began to shove the entangled boats apart.
He was short and fat, and waddled comically; his eyes were very "slanting," as Rose said; his queue was long, so were his nails; his yellow face was plump and shiny, and he was altogether a highly satisfactory Chinaman.
Near them sat a Chinaman, with a yellow face and an expansive smile, who was studying Western conditions at the University.