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

Etymology 1[edit]

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.
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Etymology 2[edit]




  1. The sound of metal or glass clinking.
Derived terms[edit]


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, splash
    • 2019 August 12, “Deep In It”, Fizzler (lyrics):
      No verbal, just chinging, like everyone know that we are on tings.
    • 2021 March 25, “Body” (track 34), 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.
    • 2023 June 18, “100mph Freestyle x3”, Clavish (lyrics)‎[4], 0:59:
      I try chest shot, he blocked it, so I chinged him in his hand
  3. (zoology, intransitive) Of the male kakapo: to make its high-pitched mating call.

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Etymology 3[edit]



ching (uncountable)

  1. (Scotland, slang) Cocaine.
    • 2002, Irvine Welsh, Porno[5], 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 Irish[edit]



  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