From Middle English ynke, from Old French enque, from Latin encaustum (“purple ink used by Roman emperors to sign documents”), from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον (énkauston, “burned-in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + καίω (kaíō, “burn”). In this sense, displaced native Old English blæc (“ink”, literally “black”).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: ĭngk, IPA(key): /ɪŋk/
- (General American, pre-/ŋ/ tensing), IPA(key): /iŋk/
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- Homophone: inc.
- Rhymes: -ɪŋk
- A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
- (countable) A particular type, color or container of this fluid.
- The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.
- (slang, uncountable) Publicity.
- Synonyms: ballyhoo, flak, hoopla, hype, plug, spotlight
- The TSA has been getting a lot of ink lately.
- 1999, Washington Post (4 June 1999)
- [Judith] Hope [...] has been getting ink by the barrelful with her regular interviews quoting conversations with the first lady, on subjects ranging from Senate ambitions to summer and post-White House living arrangements.
- (slang, uncountable) Tattoo work.
- Synonym: paint
- 1998, Richard Dooling, Brain Storm:
- "I saw it hanging on the wall of a tattoo hut where I went to get some ink done ten years ago," he stuttered, flushing in splotches and squirming in his chair.
- 1998, The Offspring, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (song)
- Now he's getting a tattoo. / Yeah, he's getting ink done. / He asked for a 13, / But they drew a 31.
- (slang) Cheap red wine.
- inke (obsolete)
- (transitive) To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.
- (transitive) To sign (a contract or similar document).
- (transitive) To apply a tattoo to (someone).
- (intransitive, of a squid or octopus) to eject ink (sense 3)
- to ink
- Alternative form of