chink

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'chink': /ˈtʃɪŋk/; 'Chink': /'tʃɪŋk/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/tʃɪŋk/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(chingk)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
chink1 /tʃɪŋk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a crack: a chink in a wall.
  2. a narrow opening: a chink between two buildings.

chink2 /tʃɪŋk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to (cause to) make a short, sharp, ringing sound, such as of glasses striking together: [no object]The glasses chinked together.[+ object]They chinked their glasses together.

n. [countable]
  1. a chinking sound.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
chink1  (chingk),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a crack, cleft, or fissure:a chink in a wall.
  2. a narrow opening:a chink between two buildings.

v.t. 
  1. to fill up chinks in.
  • 1350–1400; Middle English; perh. chine1 + -k suffix (see -ock)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged breach, rent, cut.

chink2  (chingk),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i. 
  1. to make, or cause to make, a short, sharp, ringing sound, as of coins or glasses striking together.

n. 
  1. a chinking sound:the chink of ice in a glass.
  2. Slang Termscoin or ready cash.
  • imitative 1565–75

Chink  (chingk),USA pronunciation n. (sometimes l.c.) [Slang.](disparaging and offensive).
  1. Slang Termsa Chinese.
  • 1900–05; earlier Chinkie apparently alteration of China, Chinese by association with chink1 (from the stereotypical Western image of Chinese as narrow-eyed); see -ie

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
chink /tʃɪŋk/ n
  1. a small narrow opening, such as a fissure or crack
  2. chink in one's armoura small but fatal weakness
Etymology: 16th Century: perhaps variant of earlier chine, from Old English cine crack; related to Middle Dutch kene, Danish kin

ˈchinky adj
chink /tʃɪŋk/ vb
  1. to make or cause to make a light ringing sound, as by the striking of glasses or coins
n
  1. such a sound
Etymology: 16th Century: of imitative origin
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