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From Middle English chymeney, chymney, chymne, from Old French cheminee, from Late Latin camināta, from Latin caminus, from Ancient Greek κάμῑνος (kámīnos, furnace). Doublet of chimenea.


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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɪmni/, (proscribed) /ˈtʃɪməni/


chimney (plural chimneys)

a chimney
  1. A vertical tube or hollow column used to emit environmentally polluting gaseous and solid matter (including but not limited to by-products of burning carbon or hydrocarbon based fuels); a flue.
    • 1883: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      Our chimney was a square hole in the roof: it was but a little part of the smoke that found its way out, and the rest eddied about the house, and kept us coughing and piping the eye.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 112:
      Witches always anointed themselves with ointments before departing up the chimney to their Sabbaths.
  2. The glass flue surrounding the flame of an oil lamp.
  3. (Britain) The smokestack of a steam locomotive.
  4. A narrow cleft in a rock face; a narrow vertical cave passage.
  5. (vulgar, euphemistic) A vagina.
  6. (Northern Ireland, slang) A black eye; a shiner.

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chimney (third-person singular simple present chimneys, present participle chimneying, simple past and past participle chimneyed)

  1. (climbing) To negotiate a chimney (narrow vertical cave passage) by pushing against the sides with back, feet, hands, etc.

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