Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camināta. Forms starting with k- are from Old Northern French; forms ending in -th are from early Old French *cheminethe.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃim(ə)neː/, /ˈtʃimineː/, /ˈtʃim(ə)nɛi̯/, /ˈkim(ə)nɛi̯/, /ˈtʃiminɛi̯/


chymeney (plural chymeneys)

  1. A hearth; where a fire is lighted.
  2. A chimney; a ventilation chamber for smoke.
    • a. 1382, John Wycliffe, “Osee 13:3”, in Wycliffe's Bible:
      Þerfor þei ſchulen be as a morewtid cloude and as þe deew of morewtid, þat paſſiþ forþ as duſt rauyſchide bi whirlewynd fro þe corn floor and as ſmoke of a chymenei
      And so they will be like the morning cloud, and the dew of the morning which dissipates, as dust lifted by whirlwind from the corn floor, and like the smoke of a chimney.
  3. A device for heating; a stove or furnace.
  4. (rare, figuratively) Something which heats or forges.
  5. (rare, figuratively) Any ventilation chamber.


  • English: chimney
  • Scots: chimley