Definition of Chinaman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʌɪnəmən/

noun (plural Chinamen)

1 dated or offensive A native of China.
Example sentences
  • He arrived to co-host an impressive reception for Chinese Conservatives: Chinamen living in Britain who supported the Tory Party.
  • He plays Lau Xing, a Chinaman who robs the Bank of England of a jade Buddha and gives the bumbling London peelers the slip by accepting the post of eccentric inventor Fogg's valet.
  • When the diminutive Chinaman takes on an entire judo class, armed with staves, his hard won victory carries no conviction.
2 Cricket A ball that spins from off to leg, bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman.
Example sentences
  • In the 1960s Gary Sobers became the greatest of them all, offering quick left arm bowling, medium pace swing, orthodox slow left arm spin and even a Chinaman and its googly to record-breaking batsmanship.
  • On the other hand, Chinaman, a ball bowled in cricket by a left-handed bowler that spins from off to leg, may have an allusion to deceitfulness or false appearance, same as in Indian summer.
  • Sobers' career as a Chinaman and googly bowler was short.

Words that rhyme with Chinaman


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