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n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Chinese birth or descent.
[Probably alteration of Chinese.]
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.]
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.
1. a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
2. chink in one's armour a small but fatal weakness
(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]
to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
such a sound
[C16: of imitative origin]
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)]
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)]
1. to make or cause to make a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of coins or glasses striking together.n.
2. a chinking sound.
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]
Past participle: chinked
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|Noun||1.||chink - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Chinese descent|
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|
|3.||chink - a short light metallic sound |
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
|Verb||1.||chink - make or emit a high sound; "tinkling bells"|
|2.||chink - fill the chinks of, as with caulking|
|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"
شِق، صَدْعٌ فس حائِط
Chink[tʃɪŋk] N (offensive) → chino/a m/f
chink1 [tʃɪŋk] N (= slit) (in wall) → grieta f, hendidura f; (in door) → resquicio m
a chink of light → un hilo de luz
it's the chink in his armour → es su punto débil or su talón de Aquiles
n → Riss m, → Ritze f; (in door) → Spalt m; a chink of light → ein dünner Lichtstreifen or -strahl; the chink in somebody’s armour (fig) → jds schwacher Punkt
vt (US) → stopfen
a narrow opening. a chink in the curtains; There was no chink of light in the room. kiertjie شِق، صَدْعٌ فس حائِط цепнатина fresta štěrbina, skulina der Spalt revne; lysstribe χαραμάδαresquicio, grieta pragu درز؛ روزنه rako fenteסדק झरी pukotina, zveket rés celah rifa, glufa fessura すき間 좁은 틈새 plyšys sprauga; gaismas strēle sela spleetsprekkszczelina كوچۍ: چاوده يا چاك، درزه fresta crăpătură щель; щелочка štrbina, škára špranja pukotina springa, glipa รอยแยกเล็กๆ çatlak, yarık 裂縫 щілина, тріщина درز ،روزن khe hở 裂缝