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This page has 37 definitions of pink with English translations in 6 languages. Pink is a noun, verb and adjective. Examples of how to use pink in a sentence are shown. Also define these 63 related words and terms: minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus, Salmo salar, smolt, parr, decorate, clothing, fabric, holes, scallop, fringe, wound, irony, criticism, ridicule, stab, flowers, Dianthus, carnation, excellence, perfection, of, white, hunting pink, scarlet, snooker, colour, Babbitt, bourgeoisie, pinko, vagina, vulva, red, conjunctivitis, communist, communism, women, girl, homosexual, society, redden, topaz, ignition, timing, musical instrument, high-pitched, wink, blink, lake, pigment, dye, yellow, green, brown, metallic, oxide, pinkie, calf, yearling, bench, strong, shade, and pee.

See also: Pink

English pink definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Pinks: common minnows

Unknown. Some lexicographers suggest comparison to regional German Pinke (minnow; small salmon), but this is not widely accepted.[1]

Noun

pink (plural pinks)

  1. (regional) The common minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus. [from 15th c.]
  2. (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, before it becomes a smolt; a parr. [from 17th c.]

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Middle Dutch pincke.

Noun

pink (plural pinks)

  1. (now historical) A narrow boat. [from 15th c.]

Etymology 3

Probably from Dutch pingelen (to do fine needlework) or Low German [Term?]; compare Low German pinken (hit, peck) and Pinke (big needle).

Verb

pink (third-person singular simple present pinks, present participle pinking, simple past and past participle pinked)

  1. To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
  2. To prick with a sword.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, page 642:
      ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
    • 1999 [1844], Jacques Le Clercq, The Three Musketeers, translation of original by Alexandre Dumas, page 187:
      Within three seconds D'Artagnan pinked him thrice, dedicating each thrust as he dealt it. “One for Athos!" he cried. “One for Porthos!" and at the last, “one for Aramis!”
  3. To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
    • 1961, Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, page 118:
      “Young man, if you have no authority, let me speak to someone who has! Put me through to Mr. Berquist.”
       The stooge suddenly lost his smile and Jubal thought gleefully that he had at last pinked him.
    • Irony definition
      A statement that, when taken in context, may actually mean something different from, or the opposite of, what is written literally; the use of words expressing something other than their literal intention, often in a humorous context. (1 of 9 irony definitions)
  4. To choose; to cull; to pick out.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Herbert to this entry?)

Noun

pink (plural pinks)

  1. A stab.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Grose to this entry?)

Etymology 4

Pinks: carnation cultivars
Various shades of pink

Origin uncertain; perhaps from Dutch pincken (blink) or the English verb pink from the same source (Etymology 6, below).[2] Perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).

Noun

pink (plural pinks)

  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations. [from 16th c.]
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.
  2. (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. [from 16th c.]
    Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
    • Of definition
      Expressing distance or motion.
      1. From (of distance, direction), "off".
      2. Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
      3. From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.). (1 of 49 of definitions)
  3. The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. [from 17th c.]
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink.
    pink:  
    light pink:  
  4. Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. [from 18th c.]
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, page 23:
      I had taken it for granted that there would be people ‘in pink’, but these enormous confident strangers overwhelmed me with the visible authenticity of their brick-red coats.
    • 1986, Michael J. O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry, SUNY, page 69:
      it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason.
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, coloured pink, with a value of 6 points. [from 19th c.]
    Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink.
  6. (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare Babbitt, bourgeoisie.
  7. Alternative form of pinko
    • 1981, Edwin R. Bayley, quoting Ben Hibbs, Joe McCarthy and the Press, page 163:
      My own guess is that there are some pinks in the State Department and in other government departments and agencies, and of course they should be found and ousted; but it seems to me that this can be done without besmirching innocent people and without making such broadside charges that people will lose faith in all government.
  8. (slang) The vagina or vulva.
Translations
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Adjective

pink (comparative pinker, superlative pinkest)

  1. Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
  2. Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  3. Having conjunctivitis.
  4. (obsolete) By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
    • 1976, Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis:
      The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
    • Communist definition
      Of, relating to, supporting, or advocating communism.
  5. (informal) Relating to women or girls.
    pink-collar
    pink job
  6. (informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.
    the pink economy
    pink dollar
    pinkwashing
    pink triangle
    • Homosexual definition
      Sexually (and/or romantically) attracted to members of the same sex, for example, like a man who is attracted to men or a woman who is attracted to women. (1 of 3 homosexual definitions)
Derived terms
Translations
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Verb

pink (third-person singular simple present pinks, present participle pinking, simple past and past participle pinked)

  1. (intransitive) To become pink in color, to redden.
    • 2014, Teresa Carpenter, Her Boss by Arrangement[1], page 136:
      The woman’s pale skin pinked as she shook her head. “No. It’s out of my budget. Come on, Sammy”
  2. (transitive) To turn (something) pink.
    • 1961, Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana, New Directions Publishing, 2009, Act II, page 46, [2]
      They are all nearly nude, pinked and bronzed by the sun.
    • 1985, Carl Sagan, Contact, Simon & Schuster, 1997, Chapter 3, page 57, [3]
      The rabbits, still lining the roadside, but now pinked by dawn, craned their necks to follow her departure.
  3. (transitive) To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
    • 2012, David Federman, Modern Jeweler’s Consumer Guide to Colored Gemstones[4], page 227:
      Because heating is relatively easy to perform once one is trained to do it, it can be assumed that any pink topaz from Brazil, the gem’s main modern producer, is colored more by man than nature. [] Relatively few stones from Brazil have this trace element in enough quantity for what dealers call “pinking.”

See also

Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red; crimson              orange; brown              yellow; cream
             lime              green              mint
             cyan; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet; indigo              magenta; purple              pink

Etymology 5

Onomatopoeic.

Verb

pink (third-person singular simple present pinks, present participle pinking, simple past and past participle pinked)

  1. Of a motor car, to emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set ignition timing for the fuel used (in a spark ignition engine).
  2. Of a musical instrument, to sound a very high-pitched, short note.
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 590:
      And then the record changed, a piano pinking high a Poulenc-like theme.
Translations

Etymology 6

Borrowed from Dutch pinken.

Verb

pink (third-person singular simple present pinks, present participle pinking, simple past and past participle pinked)

  1. (obsolete) To wink; to blink.
    • 1692, Roger L'Estrange, “A Fox and a Cock”, in Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists[5], page 409:
      A Hungry Fox that had got a Cock in his Eye, and could not tell how to come at him ; cast himself at his Length upon the Ground, and there he lay winking and pinking as if he had Sore Eyes.

Adjective

pink (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Half-shut; winking.
Derived terms

Etymology 7

Unknown. Attested from the late 15th century.[3]

Noun

pink (uncountable)

  1. (historical) Any of various lake pigments or dyes in yellow, yellowish green, or brown shades made with plant coloring and a metallic oxide base.
    • 1816, Pierre François Tingry, The Painter and Varnisher's Guide[6], page 245:
      To make Dutch pink, boil the stems of woad in a solution of alum, and then mix the liquor with clay, marl, or chalk, which will become mixed with the colour of the decoction
    • 2008, Nicholas Eastaugh, Valentine Walsh, and Tracey Chaplin, Pigment Compendium[7], page 156:
      Carlyle (2001) lists from her study of nineteenth century British documentary sources yellow carmine, Dutch pink, English pink and yellow lake in descending order of intensity.

References

  1. ^ pink, n.3.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2006.
  2. ^ pink, v.2.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2006.
  3. ^ pink, n.1.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2006.

Chuukese pink definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English pink.

Adjective

pink

  1. pink coloured

Dutch pink definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Noun

pink m (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje n)

  1. pinkie (little finger)

Etymology 2

Unknown.

Noun

pink m (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje n)

  1. one-year-old calf, a bovine yearling
    • Yearling definition
      An animal that is between one and two years old; one that is in its second year (but not yet two full years old). (1 of 3 yearling definitions)

Etymology 3

Unknown.

Noun

pink m (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje n)

  1. a pink (historic coastal fishing boat with one mast, often landed on beaches)
Derived terms

See also

  • bij de pinken zijn

Anagrams


Estonian pink definition

Etymology

From Middle Low German benk, most likely influenced by Swedish bänk.

Noun

pink (genitive pingi, partitive pinki)

  1. bench
    Tšaikovski pink
    the Tchaikovsky bench
    • Bench definition
      A long seat with or without a back, found for example in parks and schools. (1 of 14 bench definitions)

Declension


German pink definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English pink.

Pronunciation

Adjective

pink (comparative pinker, superlative am pinksten)

  1. coloured in a strong shade of pink
    • 2009, Mark Billingham (English text) and Isabella Bruckmaier (translated from English into German), Das Blut der Opfer. Ein Inspector-Thorne-Roman, Goldmann:
      Die unglaublich langen Beine des Mädchens wurden durch Strümpfe und ein pink Tutu betont.

Usage notes

  • For paler shades, German does not use pink but rosa.
  • Pink is generally declined like a normal adjective: eine pinke Jacke (“a pink jacket”). Some prescriptive grammars and dictionaries like Duden state that declined forms are colloquial and that pink should be invariable (eine pink Jacke). However, such usage is utterly rare and would even strike a great deal of native speakers as ungrammatical. See the various corpora at www.dwds.de, which include hundreds of attestations for the declined forms, but at most a handful for invariable use in attributive position.

Declension

References

  • pink” in Duden online
  • pink” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Swedish pink definition

Noun

pink n (uncountable)

  1. (slang) pee

Declension

Declension of pink 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative pink pinket
Genitive pinks pinkets

See also

  • pinka

Anagrams