(regional) The common minnow,
(regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar , before it becomes a smolt; a parr.
From (etyl) pincke.
Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.
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:
To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
To choose; to cull; to pick out.
- ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’
Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).
Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus , sometimes called carnations.
(dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment (of) some quality.
- This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks .
- Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red.
- the very pink of courtesy
- 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:
(snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points.
- 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.
(slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt'', ''bourgeoisie .
- Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink .
Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
(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
(informal) Relating to women or girls.
- The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
(informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.
- pink-collar; pink job
- the pink economy
- pink dollar; pink pound
* clove pink
* fire pink
* hunting pink
* in the pink
* moss pink
* parlor pink, parlour pink
* pink bits
* pink dollar
* pink elephants
* pink gin
* pink lady
* pink pound
* pink salmon
* pink slip
* pink snapper
* pinking shears
* pink of health
* salmon pink
* sea pink
* shell pink
* shocking pink
* strike me pink
* swamp pink
* tickle pink
* wild pink
To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat.
(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).
* Edward Lear, , 1871:
- In a pinky paper all folded neat,
- And they fastened it down with a pin.
(uncountable, historical, slang, Australia) Methylated spirits mixed with red wine or Condy's crystals.
* 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 262:
A baby mouse, especially when used as food for a snake, etc.
(offensive, slang, ethnic slur) A white person.
- “Here,” Nigel greeted him, “do try a spot of ‘pinky ,’ it's ever so much fun, really.”
From (etyl) pinkje
The smallest finger or toe of a hand or foot.
* 2003 , Billoo Badhshah, The Unofficial Joke Book Of Australia ,
- Everyday as he passes them, the hookers wave at him with their pinkies and say, “Hi there, little boy!”
* pinky ring, pinky swear/pinky-swear, pinky promise/pinky-promise
* (smallest finger or toe
) little finger, pinky finger, pinky toe, little piggy, digit V, fifth digit