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EnglishEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

 
Pinks: common minnows

Origin unknown.

NounEdit

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 2Edit

Borrowed from Middle Dutch pincke.

NounEdit

pink (plural pinks)

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

Etymology 3Edit

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

VerbEdit

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.’
  3. To wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule.
  4. To choose; to cull; to pick out.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Herbert to this entry?)

NounEdit

pink (plural pinks)

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

Etymology 4Edit

 
Pinks: carnation cultivars
 
Various shades of pink

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

NounEdit

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.
    • Shakespeare
      the very pink of courtesy
  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 colour:  
  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, 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.
TranslationsEdit
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AdjectiveEdit

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.
  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; pink pound
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
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VerbEdit

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

  1. (transitive) To turn (a topaz or other gemstone) pink by the application of heat; (more generally) to turn something pink.
    • 1961, Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana, New Directions Publishing, 2009, Act II, page 46, [1]
      They are all nearly nude, pinked and bronzed by the sun.
    • 1985, Carl Sagan, Contact, Simon & Schuster, 1997, Chapter 3, page 57, [2]
      The rabbits, still lining the roadside, but now pinked by dawn, craned their necks to follow her departure.

See alsoEdit

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

Etymology 5Edit

Onomatopoeic.

VerbEdit

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).
TranslationsEdit

Etymology 6Edit

Borrowed from Dutch pinken.

VerbEdit

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

  1. (obsolete) To wink; to blink.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)

AdjectiveEdit

pink (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Half-shut; winking.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

ChuukeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English pink.

AdjectiveEdit

pink

  1. pink

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

 
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NounEdit

pink m (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje n)

  1. pinkie (little finger)
  2. one-year-old calf
  3. a pink (ship - see Etymology 2)

Derived termsEdit

AnagramsEdit


EstonianEdit

NounEdit

pink (genitive pingi, partitive pinki)

  1. bench
    Tšaikovski pink
    the Tchaikovsky bench

DeclensionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English pink.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

  • For paler shades, German does not use pink but rosa.
  • Pink is generally declined like a normal adjective: ein pinkes Kleid (“a pink dress”). Prescriptive grammars and dictionaries like Duden state that it is invariable (ein pink Kleid) and that declined forms are colloquial. However, such usage is utterly rare in colloquial speech and would even strike most native speakers as ungrammatical.

DeclensionEdit


SwedishEdit

NounEdit

pink n (uncountable)

  1. (slang) pee

DeclensionEdit

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