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From Chinese Pidgin English. Calque of Mandarin , China + -man. Applied also to ships by analogy with East Indiaman.
- (key): /'t?a?n?m?n/, /'t?a?n?m?n/
Chinaman (plural Chinamen)
- (dated, now offensive) A man who is Chinese, a Chinese man.
- 1872, Mark Twain, Roughing It, 2007, page 169,
- A disorderly Chinaman is rare, and a lazy one does not exist. So long as a Chinaman has strength to use his hands he needs no support from anybody; white men often complain of want of work, but a Chinaman offers no such complaint; he always manages to find something to do. [...] Any white man can swear a Chinaman's life away in the courts, but no Chinaman can testify against a white man.
- 1906, Hubert D. Russell (editor), Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror, 1906, 2003, page 251,
- Another favorite pastime of the Highbinder who is usually a loafer, is to levy blackmail on a wealthy Chinaman. [...] If it were not that the Chinamen kill only men of their own race and let alone all other men, the citizens of San Francisco would have sacked and burned Chinatown.
1907, Barbara Baynton, Sally Krimmer; Alan Lawson, editors, Human Toll (Portable Australian Authors: Barbara Baynton), St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, published 1980, page 147:
On the flat behind the mill, dawn-rising Chinamen shogged with nimble bare feet under their yoke-linked watering-cans. These busy brethren, meeting sometimes on the same narrow track, would pause, ant-like, seemingly to dumbly regard one another and their burdens, then, still ant-like, pass silently to their work.
- 1941, George Ade, Stories of the Streets and of the Town: From the Chicago Record 1893 - 1900, reprinted as 2003, Stories of Chicago, page 163,
- In Clark Street, where all the nations of the earth dwell together in harmony, one has but to go downstairs to find a Chinaman. And when found he is washing.
- A sailing ship of the 18th and 19th centuries engaged in the Old China Trade
- (US, slang) Addiction from a narcotic, especially heroin. [from 20th c.]
- 1952, William S. Burroughs, in Harris (ed.), Letters 1945-59, Penguin 2009, p. 140:
- Chinaman half in and half out of the door. Codeine and goof balls, and complete discouragement.
a man who is Chinese, a Chinese man