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Meaning of pink by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Various shades of pink.
    A carnation cultivar.
    Sixteen snooker balls: 15 reds and 1 pink.
    Various common minnows.


    • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

    Etymology 1

    1733, pink ( “pale rose colour” ); 1681, pink-coloured. 1570, pink, pinck, common name for the garden plant Dianthus. Precise origin uncertain; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked ( "pricked" ) or jagged, from Middle English pinken ( “to make figures” ), or shortened from pink-eye, from Middle Dutch pinck oogen ( “small or half-closed eyes” ) ( compare also French œillet ), from Middle Dutch pincken ( “to shut the eyes, twinkle, wink” ) .


    pink ( plural: pinks )

    1. A colour between red and white; pale red .
      My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink .
    2. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations .
      This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks .
    3. ( archaic ) excellence, perfection
      Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion .
    4. hunting pink; scarlet
    5. ( 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 .
    6. ( colloquial ) A common minnow .
    7. ( colloquial ) A young salmon .
    8. ( slang ) A unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie .

    See also

    • ( reds ) red; blood red,‎ brick red,‎ burgundy,‎ cardinal,‎ carmine,‎ carnation,‎ cerise,‎ cherry,‎ cherry red,‎ Chinese red,‎ cinnabar,‎ claret,‎ crimson,‎ damask,‎ fire brick,‎ fire engine red,‎ flame,‎ flamingo,‎ fuchsia,‎ garnet,‎ geranium,‎ gules,‎ hot pink,‎ incarnadine,‎ Indian red,‎ magenta,‎ maroon,‎ misty rose,‎ nacarat,‎ oxblood,‎ pillar-box red,‎ pink,‎ Pompeian red,‎ poppy,‎ raspberry,‎ red violet,‎ rose,‎ rouge,‎ ruby,‎ ruddy,‎ salmon,‎ sanguine,‎ scarlet,‎ shocking pink,‎ stammel,‎ strawberry,‎ Turkey red,‎ venetian red,‎ vermillion,‎ vinaceous,‎ vinous,‎ violet red,‎ wine ( Category: en:Reds )


    Pink hair.

    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.
    5. ( informal ) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society .
      the pink economy
      pink dollar; pink pound
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Dutch / Middle English pin( c )ke .


    pink ( plural: pinks )

    1. A narrow boat .

    Etymology 3

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


    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, p. 642:
        ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’

    Etymology 4



    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 ) .