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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.
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Chinese birth or descent.
[Probably alteration of Chinese.]
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