See also: chinee and chinée

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from Chinese, using -ee.

NounEdit

Chinee (plural Chinees)

  1. (dated, offensive, Chinese Pidgin English) A person from China.
    • 1870, Bret Harte, Plain Language from Truthful James
      But the hands that were played / By that heathen Chinee, / And the points that he made, / Were quite frightful to see,— / Till at last he put down a right bower, / Which the same Nye had dealt unto me.

Usage notesEdit

  • This spelling was used intentionally, as a pejorative, in the United States in the 19th century.

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