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Chink

 (chĭngk)
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Chinese birth or descent.

[Probably alteration of Chinese.]

chink 1

 (chĭngk)
n.
A narrow opening, such as a crack or fissure.
tr.v. chinked, chink·ing, chinks
1. To make narrow openings in.
2. To fill narrow openings in.

[Probably alteration of obsolete chine, from Middle English, crack, from Old English cine.]

chink′y adj.

chink 2

 (chĭngk)
n.
A slight, metallic sound, as of coins rattling in a pocket.
intr. & tr.v. chinked, chink·ing, chinks
To make or cause to make a slight, metallic sound.

[Imitative.]

chink

(tʃɪŋk)
n
1. a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
2. chink in one's armour a small but fatal weakness
vb
(tr) chiefly US and Canadian to fill up or make cracks in
[C16: perhaps variant of earlier chine, from Old English cine crack; related to Middle Dutch kene, Danish kin]
ˈchinky adj

chink

(tʃɪŋk)
vb
to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
n
such a sound
[C16: of imitative origin]

Chink

(tʃɪŋk) or

Chinky

nadj, pl Chinks or Chinkies
(Peoples) an old-fashioned and highly derogatory term for Chinese
[C20: probably from Chinese, influenced by chink1 (referring to the characteristic shape of the Chinese eye)]

chink1

(tʃɪŋk)

n.
1. a crack, cleft, or fissure: a chink in a wall.
2. a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings.
v.t.
3. to fill up chinks in.
[1350–1400; Middle English; perhaps chine in same sense (Old English cinu, c. Old Saxon kena) + -k suffix (see -ock)]

chink2

(tʃɪŋk)

v.i.
1. to make or cause to make a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of coins or glasses striking together.
n.
2. a chinking sound.
[1565–75; imitative]

Chink

(tʃɪŋk)

n.
usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.
n.
(sometimes l.c.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a Chinese.)
[1890–95; appar. alter. of Chinese]

chink


Past participle: chinked
Gerund: chinking

Imperative
chink
chink
Present
I chink
you chink
he/she/it chinks
we chink
you chink
they chink
Preterite
I chinked
you chinked
he/she/it chinked
we chinked
you chinked
they chinked
Present Continuous
I am chinking
you are chinking
he/she/it is chinking
we are chinking
you are chinking
they are chinking
Present Perfect
I have chinked
you have chinked
he/she/it has chinked
we have chinked
you have chinked
they have chinked
Past Continuous
I was chinking
you were chinking
he/she/it was chinking
we were chinking
you were chinking
they were chinking
Past Perfect
I had chinked
you had chinked
he/she/it had chinked
we had chinked
you had chinked
they had chinked
Future
I will chink
you will chink
he/she/it will chink
we will chink
you will chink
they will chink
Future Perfect
I will have chinked
you will have chinked
he/she/it will have chinked
we will have chinked
you will have chinked
they will have chinked
Future Continuous
I will be chinking
you will be chinking
he/she/it will be chinking
we will be chinking
you will be chinking
they will be chinking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been chinking
you have been chinking
he/she/it has been chinking
we have been chinking
you have been chinking
they have been chinking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been chinking
you will have been chinking
he/she/it will have been chinking
we will have been chinking
you will have been chinking
they will have been chinking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been chinking
you had been chinking
he/she/it had been chinking
we had been chinking
you had been chinking
they had been chinking
Conditional
I would chink
you would chink
he/she/it would chink
we would chink
you would chink
they would chink
Past Conditional
I would have chinked
you would have chinked
he/she/it would have chinked
we would have chinked
you would have chinked
they would have chinked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chink - (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.chink - a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
crack, scissure, cleft, crevice, fissure - a long narrow opening
3.chink - a short light metallic soundchink - a short light metallic sound  
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
Verb1.chink - make or emit a high sound; "tinkling bells"
sound, go - make a certain noise or sound; "She went `Mmmmm'"; "The gun went `bang'"
2.chink - fill the chinks of, as with caulking
plug, stop up, secure - fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug; "plug the hole"; "stop up the leak"
3.chink - make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint"
crack, check, break - become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; "The glass cracked when it was heated"
crack - cause to become cracked; "heat and light cracked the back of the leather chair"

chink

noun opening, crack, gap, rift, aperture, cleft, crevice, fissure, cranny He peered through a chink in the curtains.

chink

noun
A usually narrow partial opening caused by splitting and rupture:
Translations
شِق، صَدْعٌ فس حائِط
skulinaštěrbina
lysstriberevne
chinetoquefente
rifa, glufa
gaismas strēlesprauga

Chink

[tʃɪŋk] N (offensive) → chino/a m/f

chink

1 [tʃɪŋk] N (= slit) (in wall) → grieta f, hendidura f; (in door) → resquicio m
a chink of lightun hilo de luz
it's the chink in his armoures su punto débil or su talón de Aquiles

chink

2 [tʃɪŋk]
A. N (= sound) → sonido m metálico, tintineo m
B. VT [+ metal] → hacer sonar; [+ glass] → hacer tintinear
C. VI [metal] → sonar; [glass] → tintinear

chink

[ˈtʃɪŋk] n
(= gap) → fente f, fissure f
to have a chink in one's armour (= Achilles heel) → avoir un défaut dans sa cuirasse
(= noise) → tintement m
[light] → rayon m

Chink

n (pej)Schlitzauge nt, → Chinese m, → Chinesin f

chink

1
nRiss m, → Ritze f; (in door) → Spalt m; a chink of lightein dünner Lichtstreifen or -strahl; the chink in somebody’s armour (fig)jds schwacher Punkt
vt (US) → stopfen

chink

2
n (= sound)Klirren nt; (of coins)Klimpern nt
vtklirren mit; coinsklimpern mit
viklirren; (coins)klimpern

chink

1 [tʃɪŋk] n (opening) → fessura
a chink in his armour (fig) → il suo punto debole

chink

2 [tʃɪŋk]
1. n (noise) → tintinnio
2. vtfar tintinnare
3. vitintinnare

chink

(tʃiŋk) noun
a narrow opening. a chink in the curtains; There was no chink of light in the room.
References in classic literature ?
They are coming," muttered Heyward, endeavoring to thrust his rifle through the chink in the logs; "let us fire on their approach.
When I was as old as you, I was a feeling fellow enough, partial to the unfledged, unfostered, and unlucky; but Fortune has knocked me about since: she has even kneaded me with her knuckles, and now I flatter myself I am hard and tough as an India-rubber ball; pervious, though, through a chink or two still, and with one sentient point in the middle of the lump.
The rattle of the harness was the chink of money, and more drafts were honoured in five minutes than even Tellson's, with all its foreign and home connection, ever paid in thrice the time.
The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms.
Hasten to make thy crowns chink in the ear of De Bois-Guilbert, ere worse comes of it.
The cold evening breeze, of which I have spoken, whistled through every chink of the rude building and sprinkled the floor with a continual rain of fine sand.
A feeble ray of light shone into the cavern through some chink, and when I had the courage to look about me I could see that I was in a vast vault, bestrewn with bones and bodies of the dead.
Plainly it was, now or never, the high tide of his affairs; and he drew the door as close as he durst, slipped a pebble in the chink, and made off downhill to find a cab.
When later I saw him through the chink of the hinges of the door laying the table in the dining room, I was assured of it.
Next, he would protrude his head through the chink, and if he saw that his son was not angry, but threw him a nod, he would glide noiselessly into the room, take off his scarf, and hang up his hat (the latter perennially in a bad state of repair, full of holes, and with a smashed brim)--the whole being done without a word or a sound of any kind.
One evening, when Mazarin, according to custom, went to visit the queen, in passing the guard-chamber he heard loud voices; wishing to know on what topic the soldiers were conversing, he approached with his wonted wolf-like step, pushed open the door and put his head close to the chink.
What seemed most to the purpose was a rusty key, which had been thrust into a chink of the wall, with a wooden label appended to the handle, bearing the initials, P.