Pink vs Amber - What's the difference?

pink | amber |

As nouns the difference between pink and amber

is that pink is (slang|derogatory|dated) an operative of the (pinkerton national detective agency) while amber is bucket.

As a proper noun pink

is .



(wikipedia pink)

Etymology 1

Origin unknown.


(en noun)
  • (regional) The common minnow,
  • (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar , before it becomes a smolt; a parr.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) pincke.


    (en noun)
  • Etymology 3

    Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.


    (en verb)
  • To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
  • To prick with a sword.
  • * 1749 , Henry Fielding, Tom Jones , Folio Society 1973, p. 642:
  • ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
  • To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
  • To choose; to cull; to pick out.
  • (Herbert)


    (en noun)
  • A stab.
  • (Grose)

    Etymology 4

    Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).


    (en noun)
  • Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus , sometimes called carnations.
  • This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks .
  • (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment (of) some quality.
  • Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the very pink of courtesy
  • The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red.
  • My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink .
  • Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters.
  • *1928 , (Siegfried Sassoon), Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man , Penguin 2013, p. 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.
  • (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points.
  • Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink .
  • (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt'', ''bourgeoisie .
  • See also



  • Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
  • Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  • Having conjunctivitis.
  • (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.
  • (informal) Relating to women or girls.
  • pink-collar; pink job
  • (informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.
  • the pink economy
    pink dollar; pink pound
    Derived terms
    * clove pink * fire pink * hunting pink * in the pink * moss pink * parlor pink, parlour pink * pink bits * pink-collar * pink dollar * pink elephants * pink gin * pinkification * pink lady * pink pound * pink salmon * pink slip * pink snapper * pinkie * pinking shears * pinko * pink of health * pinky * salmon pink * sea pink * shell pink * shocking pink * strike me pink * swamp pink * tickle pink * wild pink


    (en verb)
  • To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
  • Etymology 5



    (en verb)
  • (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).
  • Etymology 6

    (etyl) pinken.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To wink; to blink.
  • (rfquotek, L'Estrange)


  • (obsolete) Half-shut; winking.
  • (Shakespeare)
    1000 English basic words ----



    (wikipedia amber)


  • (obsolete) Ambergris, the waxy product of the sperm whale.
  • * 1526 , The Grete Herball :
  • Ambre is hote and drye Some say that it is the sparme of a whale.
  • * 1579 , The Booke of Simples'', fol. 56 (contained in ''Bulleins Bulwarke of Defence against all Sicknesse, Soarnesse, and Woundes ):
  • As for Amber Grice, or Amber Cane, which ist most sweet myngled with other sweete thynges: some say it commeth from the rocks of the Sea. Some say it is gotten by a fish called Azelum , which feedeth upon Amber Grece, and dyeth, which is taken by cunnyng fishers and the belly opened, and this precious Amber found in hym.
  • * 1600 , John Pory (translator), A Geographical Historie of Africa (original by Leo Africanus), page 344:
  • The head of this fish is as hard as stone. The inhabitants of the Ocean sea coast affirme that this fish casteth foorth Amber'; but whether the said ' Amber be the sperma or the excrement thereof, they cannot well determine.
  • * 1717 , (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu), letter, 18 Apr 1717:
  • Slaves perfum'd the air with Amber , Aloes wood, and other Scents.
  • A hard, generally yellow to brown translucent fossil resin, used for jewellery. One variety, , appears blue rather than yellow under direct sunlight.
  • * 1594 — Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene III :
  • With scarfs and fans and double change of bravery,
    With amber bracelets, beads, and all this knavery.
  • * 1594 — Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act II, Scene II :
  • Slanders, sir: for the satirical rogue says here that old men have grey beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum and that they have a plentiful lack of wit.
  • * 1637', ''Monro, his expedition with the Worthy Scots Regiment (called Mac-Keys Regiment)'', republished in ' 1999 (ISBN 0275962679), page 102:
  • To shew this by example, we reade of Sabina Poppcea, to whom nothing was wanting , but shame and honestie, being extremely beloved of Nero, had the colour of her haire yellow, like Amber , which Nero esteemed much of, .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=Lee A. Groat , title=Gemstones , volume=100, issue=2, page=128 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are
  • A brownish yellow colour.
  • (British) The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, which when illuminated indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.
  • * 1974 , Traffic Planning and Engineering , page 366:
  • While earlier controllers provided concurrent ambers , present practice is to indicate a minimum intergreen period of 4 s.
  • * 2000 , in the Journal of Traffic Engineering & Control , volume 41, page 201:
  • Also flashing ambers are not operational at this type of crossing.
  • * 2004 January 14, "AZGuy" (username), "Turn Signal Research shows amber no more effective then red", in, Usenet :
  • >Problem: Red-red signals are too time consuming when traffic density is higher.
    I don't find them time consuming at all. I find them identical to ambers .
  • (biology, genetics, biochemistry) The stop codon (nucleotide triplet) "UAG", or a mutant which has this stop codon at a premature place in its DNA sequence.
  • an amber codon'', ''an amber mutation'', ''an amber suppressor
  • * 2007 , Molecular Genetics of Bacteria , edition 3, page 333:
  • For example, to cross a temperature-sensitive mutation with an amber' mutation, ' amber suppressor cells are infected at the low (permissive) temperature.
  • * 2007 , Jonathan C. Kuhn, Detection of Salmonella by Bacteriophage Felix 01'', in ''Salmonella: Methods and Protocols , pages 27–28:
  • Double ambers revert at 10-8-10-9, and therefore, reversion is negligible. Double-amber mutants are made by crossing single-amber mutants with each other.


    * (intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights) yellow (US) * ambergris


    * (intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights) red, green

    Derived terms

    * Amber * ambeer * ambered * amber fluid * amber gambler * ambering * amberjack * amber liquid * amber nectar * amberoid


    (en adjective)
  • Of a brownish yellow colour, like that of most amber.
  • * 2006 , Jeffrey Archer, False Impression , page 270:
  • They all moved safely through the first green and then the second, but when the third light turned amber Jack's taxi was the last to cross the intersection.
  • * 2008 , Elizabeth Amber, Raine: The Lords of Satyr , page 211:
  • Ahead, a cool breeze swept the pale morning sun across a grassy meadow turned amber by morning's frost.


    (en verb)
  • (rare) To perfume or flavour with ambergris.
  • ambered''' wine'', ''an '''ambered room
  • (rare) To preserve in amber.
  • an ambered fly
  • (transitive, rare, chiefly, poetic, or, literary) To cause to take on the yellow colour of amber.
  • * 1885 , America the Beautiful ;
  • For purple mountains majesty; for amber waves of grain .
  • * 2007 , Phil Rickman, Fabric of Sin: A Merrily Watkins Mystery ;
  • Home to the mosaic of coloured-lit windows in the black and white houses, the fake gas lamps ambering the cobbles, sometimes the scent of applewood smoke.
  • * 2008 , Jeri Westerson, Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir :
  • The firelight flickered on her rounded cheeks, ambering the pale skin.
  • (intransitive, rare, chiefly, poetic, or, literary) To take on the yellow colour of amber.
  • * 2009 , Jack Wennerstrom, Black Coffee , page 19:
  • Westward along Lancaster Avenue, among the stone walls and broad driveways of imposing old houses—their lawns dappled with the shade of ambering maples and dusty, bark-peeled sycamores—
  • * 2011 , Tim Powers, On Stranger Tides :
  • [T]hough many of the pirates protested against these energetic activities[,] he was only pleasantly tired when the lowering, ambering sun began to bounce needles of gold glare off the waves ahead;

    See also

    * electrum * succinic * succinic acid * traffic light *