Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as chich.
  • noun Same as chich.
  • noun Same as chinch-bug, 1.
  • noun The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius.
  • To be niggardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).
  • noun (Zoöl.) A bug (Blissus leucopterus), which, in the United States, is very destructive to grass, wheat, and other grains; -- also called chiniz, chinch bug, chink bug. It resembles the bedbug in its disgusting odor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The bedbug (Cimex lectularius).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun bug of temperate regions that infests especially beds and feeds on human blood

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish chinche, from Latin cīmex, cīmic-, bug.]

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From Spanish or Portuguese chinche ("bug"), from Latin cimicem ("begbug").

Examples

  • And if he should get to be master of a Virginia ship which will be very difficult to do a planter that has three or four hundred acres of land and three or four slaves, if he be industrious, may live more comfortably, and leave his family in better Bread, than such a master of a ship can . . .. beforehand, let him begin to chinch, that is buy goods for tobacco and sell. . .

    Washington

  • And if he should get to be master of a Virginia ship which will be very difficult to do a planter that has three or four hundred acres of land and three or four slaves, if he be industrious, may live more comfortably, and leave his family in better Bread, than such a master of a ship can . . .. beforehand, let him begin to chinch, that is buy goods for tobacco and sell. . .

    Washington

  • And if he should get to be master of a Virginia ship which will be very difficult to do a planter that has three or four hundred acres of land and three or four slaves, if he be industrious, may live more comfortably, and leave his family in better Bread, than such a master of a ship can . . .. beforehand, let him begin to chinch, that is buy goods for tobacco and sell. . .

    Washington

  • And if he should get to be master of a Virginia ship which will be very difficult to do a planter that has three or four hundred acres of land and three or four slaves, if he be industrious, may live more comfortably, and leave his family in better Bread, than such a master of a ship can . . .. beforehand, let him begin to chinch, that is buy goods for tobacco and sell. . .

    Washington

  • To stop a boat leaking you "chinch" the seams with oakum.

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  • She followed, no doubt thinking she was about to get "chinch" and stood over me, her hands by her side.

    ABC 4: Top Stories

  • He called a chinch bug a Rhyparochromus, but he saddled his horse without a blanket and put bakin 'powder in the sour-dough. "

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

  • Grubs, chinch bugs and other critters can harm your lawn.

    How to stop the ants from marching in (Hurrah!)

  • And yet still we dream: of billiard-table lawns, putting-green lawns, lawns that tickle our bare feet like loop-pile carpet, free from grub or chinch bug or thistle.

    Weeding lawn myth from reality

  • Grubs, chinch bugs and other critters can harm your lawn.

    How to stop the ants from marching in (Hurrah!)

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