See also: Ching and Ch'ing




  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Etymology 1Edit

Thai ฉิ่ง (chìng).


ching pl (plural only)

  1. A pair of small bowl-shaped finger cymbals made of thick and heavy bronze, used in the music of Thailand and Cambodia.
Further readingEdit

Etymology 2Edit




  1. The sound of metal or glass clinking.
Derived termsEdit


ching (countable and uncountable, plural chings)

  1. (countable) A ringing sound, as of metal or glass being struck.
    • 1992, Paul McCusker, The Secret Cave of Robinwood, Focus on the Family Publishing, published 1992, →ISBN, page 40:
      The hoe banged against a spade on the wall, making a loud "ching!"
    • 2004, Jacquie D'Alessandro, We've Got Tonight[1], Harlequin, published 2004, →ISBN:
      "To predictions coming true," Riley agreed, touching her rim to his with a quiet ching of crystal.
    • 2008, Greg Weston, Ocean View Terrace and the Blue Pirate Eater, Lulu, published 2008, →ISBN, page 196:
      Joseph gulped and drew his sword with a loud ching.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:ching.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Money (from the sound of a cash register ringing up an amount).
    • 2005, Paul Lindsay, The Big Scam, Simon & Schuster, published 2005, →ISBN, page 100:
      "Supposedly, it was worth millions back then, so it could be worth maybe ten times as much now."
      Tatorrio whistled. "That's a lot of ching."
    • 2006 April 7, Neville Basson, “The Golden Hour”, in New Era:
      If there are any people owing you money, it's a good time to drive to their houses and look for your "ching".
    • 2012, Die Antwoord, “Fatty Boom Boom”, in Ten$Ion:
      Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy / Hold onto your ching
    • 2012 July 18, Erik Biksa, “Ask Erik: Raw! — Shopping Savvy”, in Rosebud:
      If you know how to play your cards when buying, you can definitely save some ching here, especially on bigger ops.
  3. (zoology) A high-pitched mating call made by the male kakapo.
  4. (MLE, slang) A knife.


ching (third-person singular simple present chings, present participle chinging, simple past and past participle chinged)

  1. To chink or clink; to make a ringing sound, as of metal or glass being struck.
    The cutlery was chinging as the boat swayed around on the sea.
    • 2004, David J. Morris, Storm on the Horizon: Khafji — The Battle that Changed the Course of the Gulf War[2], Free Press, published 2004, →ISBN:
      These shadows, black as the earth they emerged from, were wearing what looked like dull German helmets, their webgear and canteens chinging as they ran.
    • 2004, Devlin O'Neill, A Maid's Friends and Fantasies: Short Stories, Blue Moon Books, published 2005, →ISBN, page 4:
      Crystal chings and we sip.
    • 2009, Dean Nelson, God Hides in Plain Sight: How to See the Sacred in a Chaotic World, Brazos Press, published 2009, →ISBN, page 146:
      One of the braves had an ankle bell that chinged when he walked.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:ching.
  2. (MLE, slang) To stab.
    Synonyms: chef, shank
    • 2019 August 12, Fizzler (lyrics), “Deep In It”:
      No verbal, just chinging, like everyone know that we are on tings.
    • 2021 March 25, “Body”, in NOW That's What I Call Music! 109 [UK][3], performed by Russ Millions,Tion Wayne:
      Stickin' 'em, none of my niggas are innocent. (On s-, on s-) On sight man are just chinging him.
  3. (zoology, intransitive) Of the male kakapo: to make its high-pitched mating call.

See alsoEdit

Etymology 3Edit



ching (uncountable)

  1. (Scotland, slang) Cocaine.
    • 2002, Irvine Welsh, Porno[4], Random House, published 2002, →ISBN:
      I'll leave the message, but Simon's very much a free spirit, I state to the receiver as I use a fifty-pound note to hoover up some ching.
    • 2006, Niall Griffiths, Wreckage, Graywolf Press, published 2006, →ISBN, page 70:
      Then back again to merely scoring some ching and getting fucking wasted.
    • 2011 June 30, David Taylor, “Revealed: Sick prison boasts of woman who stabbed young mum to death in revenge attack”, in Daily Record, Scotland:
      She said: "We were all drinking and snorting ching (cocaine). []


Old IrishEdit



  1. Lenited form of cing.


Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
cing ching cing
pronounced with /ɡ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.





  1. claw


  • Lukram Himmat Singh (2013) A Descriptive Grammar of Zou, Canchipur: Manipur University, page 44