from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Parsimonious; niggardly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See chinch.
  • n. A name of the common American skunk, Mephitis mephitica. Also cinche.


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  • I have since been informed that chinche is Spanish for bug; but at the time the word suggested only the material of a curtain.

    Domestic Manners of the Americans

  • Chinches bravas -- Surely you have heard of the Volkswagon chinche?

    Two Expressions


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