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Chinku- (Noun) [ Cheen-koo ]

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Meaning : Of Chinese origin (maybe item or person)
Use : Hiyo simu yako ni Chinku! = Your phone is counterfeit
Period: Late 80's
Related to: Panthre, Mwalach, Msom, Mwafo, Mlami, Mngoso
Synonyms: Imbo
Meaning clarification: Used mostly for items but also refers to humans too


Area of origin : Unknown
Etymology:
Derived from a truncation and cor of the word Chinese and it came into common use in the mid 80s when the Chinese were constructing the Moi International Sports Center at Kasarani in preparation for the 1987 All Africa Games.
In the late 90s, the word later morphed to mean any item that was of Chinese origin and cheap or inferior quality after Kenya witnessed a proliferation of counterfeit goods from China.

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