Chingachgook The Indian chief in Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans, Pathfinder, Deerslayer, and Pioneer. Called in French Le Gros Serpent.

Chink or Jink. Money; so called because it chinks or jingles in the purse. Thus, if a person is asked if he has money, he rattles that which he has in his purse or pocket.

“Have chinks in thy purse.” Tusser.
Chintz means spotted. The cotton goods originally manufactured in the East. (Persian, chinz, spotted, stained; Hindu, chint, plur. chints; Sanscrit, chitra, variegated.)

Chios (Kios). The man of Chios. Homer, who lived at Chios, near the Ægean Sea. Seven cities claim to be his place of birth-

“Smyrna, Rhodos, Colophon, Salamis, Chios, Argos, Athe'næ.”- Varro.
Chip or Chips.
   A carpenter is known by his chips. A man is known to be a carpenter by the chips in his workshop, so the profession or taste of other men may be known by their manners or mode of speech. There is a broadcloth slang as well as a corduroy slang; a military, naval, school, and university slang.
   Such carpenters, such chips. As the workman, so his work will be.
   Brother Chip. Properly a brother carpenter, but in its extended meaning applied to anyone of the same vocation as ourselves. (Es nostræ fasciæ; Petronius.)
   The ship's carpenter is, at sea, commonly addressed as “chips.”
   Saratoga chips. Potatoes sliced thin while raw, and fried crisp. Sometimes called chipped potatoes.

Chip of the Old Block (A). A son or child of the same stuff as his father. The chip is the same wood as the block. Burke applied the words to W. Pitt

Chiron [Kiron ]. The centaur who taught Achilles music, medicine, and hunting. Jupiter placed him in heaven among the stars, where he is called Sagittarius (the Archer).
   Chiron, according to Dantë, has watch over the lake of boiling blood, in the seventh circle of hell.

Chirping Cup or Glass. A merry-making glass or cup of liquor. Wine that maketh glad the heart of man, or makes him sing for joy.

“A chirping cup is my matin song,
And my vesper bell is my bowl; Ding dong!”
A Friar of Orders Grey.
Chisel I chiselled him means, I cheated him, or cut him out of something.

Chitty-faced Baby-faced, lean. A chit is a child or sprout. Both chit and chitty-faced are terms of contempt. (Anglo-Saxon, cith, a twig, etc.)

Chivalry    The paladins of Charlemagne were all scattered by the battle of Roncesvallës.
   The champions of Diderick were all assassinated at the instigation of Chriemhilda, the bride of Ezzel, King of the Huns.
   The Knights of the Round Table were all extirpated by the fatal battle of Camlan.
   Chivalry. The six following clauses may be considered almost as axioms of the Arthurian romances:-
   (1) There was no braver or more noble king than Arthur.
   (2) No fairer or more faithless wife than Guiniver.
   (3) No truer pair of lovers than Tristan and Iseult (or Tristram and Ysolde).
   (4) No knight more faithful than Sir Kaye.
   (5) None so brave and amorous as Sir Launcelot.
   (6) None so virtuous as Sir Galahad.
   The flower of Chivalry. William Douglas, Lord of Liddesdale. (Fourteenth century.)

Chivy A chase in the school game of “Prisoners' Base” or “Prison Bars.” Probably a gipsy word. One boy sets a chivy, by leaving his bar, when one of the opposite side chases him, and if he succeeds in touching him before he reaches “home,” the boy touched becomes a prisoner.

Chivy or Chivvy. Slang for the face. Much slang is due to rhyme, and when the rhyme is a compound word the rhyming part is sometimes dropped and the other part remains. Thus Chivy [Chevy]-chase rhymes with “face,” by dropping “chase” chivy remains, and becomes the accepted slang word. Similarly, daisies=boots, thus: daisy-roots will rhyme with “boots,” and by dropping “roots,” the rhyme, daisy remains.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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