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  • IPA(key): /ˈtʃɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • 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.


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 (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, Harlequin (2004), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      "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 (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 (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, Neville Basson, "The Golden Hour", New Era, 7 April 2006:
      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", Ten$Ion:
      Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy / Hold onto your ching
    • 2012, Erik Biksa, "Ask Erik: Raw! — Shopping Savvy", Rosebud, 18 July 2012:
      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.


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, Free Press (2004), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      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 (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 (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) To stab, to hit with a rambo, to chef, to shank
    • 2019 August 12, Fizzler (lyrics), “Deep In It”:
      No verbal, just chinging, like everyone know that we are on tings.
  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, Random House (2002), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      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 (2006), →ISBN, page 70:
      Then back again to merely scoring some ching and getting fucking wasted.
    • 2011, David Taylor, "Revealed: Sick prison boasts of woman who stabbed young mum to death in revenge attack", Daily Record (Scotland), 30 June 2011:
      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
  2. backbone