pachinko

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English[edit]

Modern pachinko machines
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Japanese パチンコ (pachinko), from ぱちん (pachin, onomatopoeic sound) + (ko, diminutive).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: pə-chĭng'kō, IPA(key): /pəˈtʃɪŋkəʊ/

Noun[edit]

pachinko (plural pachinkos)

  1. A mechanical ball-dropping game similar to pinball, popular in Japan.
    • 2012 May 28, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time[1]:
      Snow filled her mouth. She caromed off things she never saw, tumbling through a cluttered canyon like a steel marble falling through pins in a pachinko machine.

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Verb[edit]

pachinko (third-person singular simple present pachinkos, present participle pachinkoing, simple past and past participle pachinkoed)

  1. To tumble down through a series of obstacles.
    • 2016, Alex Livingston, Glitch Rain
      She drizzled them in slowly and listened to the susurration of the bolts pachinkoing their way through the refrigerators and fax machines, on their way to some illegal dump.

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Dutch[edit]

A pachinko room in Akihabara, Japan.
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Etymology[edit]

From English pachinko, from Japanese パチンコ (pachinko).

Noun[edit]

pachinko m (plural pachinko's, diminutive pachinkootje n)

  1. pachinko

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