1 offensive terms for a person of Chinese descent [syn: Chinaman]
2 a narrow opening as e.g. between planks in a wall
2 fill the chinks of, as with caulking
3 make cracks or chinks in; "The heat checked the paint" [syn: check]
- Rhymes: -ɪŋk
Etymology 2Alternation of Chinese.
- In the context of "ethnic slur|pejorative|slang": A Chinese person
- French: chinetoque
Chink is an ethnic slur for any person of Chinese descent. It is also commonly used to insult people of general East Asian descent. The word "Chinkland" may also be used to refer to China or the Asian continent as a whole. Chink may also mean a small crevice or opening, often referring to a weakness, such as a "chink in the armor"but also in purely descriptive contexts such as a chink between two bricks. The latter term is uncontroversial, since it predates the ethnic slur, though the slur may have origins from the original meaning. The usage of the word as an ethnic slur has sparked contemporary controversies in public and popular media.
- Foster, Harry. A Beachcomber in the Orient. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1930.
chink in Simple English: Chink
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