チャリンコ

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Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Becomes widespread in Japanese from the 1970s. Possible derivations include:

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チャリンコ (romaji charinko)

  1. (slang) a bicycle
  2. (slang) a moped (less common)
Usage notes[edit]

May have childish overtones. Not used in formal contexts.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown. Possibly a compound of チャリン (charin, the sound of metal clinking, such as coins) +‎ (ko, child).

In use since the Edo period, pre-dating the bicycle sense. Apparently falling out of use some time after the end of WWII.

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Noun[edit]

チャリンコ (romaji charinko)

  1. (obsolete) a child pickpocket
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9