- an informer
- a strikebreaker; esp., a professional strikebreaker
- a person regarded as contemptible, obnoxious, etc.
Origin of finkGer, literally , finch, used since the 17th circa as generalized pejorative; adopted (c. 1740) by students at Jena for nonmembers of fraternities (prob. in allusion to the wild bird in contrast to the caged canary); later extended to those not in organizations, especially unions
to inform (on)
- to withdraw; back out
- to fail
- A contemptible person.
- An informer.
- A hired strikebreaker.
intransitive verbfinked, fink·ing, finks
- To inform against another person.
- To withhold promised support or participation: They said they'd help us, but then finked out.
Origin of finkPerhaps from German student slang Fink, student not belonging to a student association (from German, finch; akin to Old English finc) or perhaps from such German compounds as Schmutzfink, dirty person, mudslinger : Schmutz, filth + Fink, finch (perhaps influenced by Rotwelsch (German underworld argot) Fink, Pink, man; akin to Frisian pink, little finger, penis).
(third-person singular simple present finks, present participle finking, simple past and past participle finked)
- (chiefly US, slang) To betray a trust.