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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 ?
No wood, however, was placed on the earth, which formed the floor, but it was dry; and although the wind entered it by innumerable chinks, I found it an agreeable asylum from the snow and rain.
In another moment the locksmith was standing in the street, whence he could see that the light once more travelled upstairs, and soon returning to the room below, shone brightly through the chinks of the shutters.
The very sunlight looks desolation, falling through the thick-blossoming apple-trees as through the chinks and crevices of deserted Egyptian cities.
But there are chinks, or there may be chinks, in the best adjusted masonry; there was a chink in my cavernous cell; for, eventually, I saw, or seemed to see, a ray--pallid, indeed, and cold, and doubtful, but still a ray, for it showed that narrow path which conscience had promised after two, three hours' torturing research in brain and memory, I disinterred certain remains of circumstances, and conceived a hope that by putting them together an expedient might be framed, and a resource discovered.
Altogether, the operation on the miser's mind was a task that Godfrey would be sure to hand over to his more daring and cunning brother: Dunstan had made up his mind to that; and by the time he saw the light gleaming through the chinks of Marner's shutters, the idea of a dialogue with the weaver had become so familiar to him, that it occurred to him as quite a natural thing to make the acquaintance forthwith.
What a pity they didn't stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint here and there.
The rays of the colored suns were now shut out from them forever, for the last chinks had been filled up in the wall that separated their prison from the Land of the Mangaboos.
But now in this hateful age of ours not one is safe, not though some new labyrinth like that of Crete conceal and surround her; even there the pestilence of gallantry will make its way to them through chinks or on the air by the zeal of its accursed importunity, and, despite of all seclusion, lead them to ruin.
No light appeared through the chinks of the shutters; no noise gave reason to believe that it was inhabited.
He constructed his cabin of small logs about six inches in diameter, stopping the chinks with clay which he found at the depth of a few feet beneath the surface soil.
Don't see why a white man can't do what a Chink can," protested Billy.
That fella Chink make 'm me cross along him too much