Definition of Chinaman in English:



  • 1offensive, dated A native of China.

  • 2Cricket
    A ball that spins from off to leg, bowled by a left-handed bowler to a right-handed batsman.

    • ‘This is the left-arm Chinaman bowler's first career 10-wicket haul in any form of the game and comes just over a year since he played his last Test against Australia at Kingsmead.’
    • ‘In the 1960s Gary Sobers became the greatest of them all, offering quick left arm bowling, medium pace swing, orthodox slow left arm spin and even a Chinaman and its googly to record-breaking batsmanship.’
    • ‘Intriguingly his left-arm Chinaman bowling continued to worry the batsmen, and Flintoff's attempt to paste him out of the ground failed for a second time to an outfield catch.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Chinaman, a ball bowled in cricket by a left-handed bowler that spins from off to leg, may have an allusion to deceitfulness or false appearance, same as in Indian summer.’
    • ‘Sobers' career as a Chinaman and googly bowler was short.’