Definitions for chinaman

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Chi•na•man*ˈtʃaɪ nə mən(n.)(pl.)-men.

  1. Older Use: Usually Offensive.(a term used to refer to a Chinese.)

    Category: Status (usage), Peoples

Idioms for Chinaman:

  1. a Chinaman's chance,Usually Offensive.the slightest chance.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

* Usage: Definition 1 is rarely used today. Definition 1 as well as the expression a Chinaman's chance are usually perceived as insulting to the Chinese.

Origin of Chinaman:

1765–75

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chinaman(noun)

    a ball bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman that spins from off to leg

Wiktionary

  1. chinaman(Noun)

    A left arm unorthodox spin bowler

  2. chinaman(Noun)

    A ball, bowled by a left arm unorthodox spin bowler, with the wrist action of a leg break, but which spins from off to leg for a right handed batsman

  3. chinaman(Noun)

    Or, conversely, such a ball bowled with the action of a googly.

  4. Chinaman(Noun)

    A man who is Chinese.

  5. Origin: From Chinese Pidgin English. A calque of Chinese "中國人", .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chinaman(noun)

    a native of China; a Chinese

Freebase

  1. Chinaman

    Chinaman is a contentious English language term that denotes a Chinese man or person, or as a Chinese national, or, in some cases, an indiscriminate term for a person native to geographical East Asia or of perceived East Asian race. Although the term has no negative connotations in older dictionaries, and the usage of such parallel compound terms as Englishman, Frenchman and Irishman remain unobjectionable, the term Chinaman is noted as offensive by modern dictionaries. Its derogatory connotations evolved from its use in pejorative contexts regarding the Chinese and other Asians. While usage of the term Chinaman is nowadays strongly discouraged by Asian American organizations, the term has been used by English speakers of Chinese descent and others, without offensive intent, and has also been used as a self-referential archetype by authors and artists of Asian descent.

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