- a colored liquid used for writing, drawing, etc.
- a sticky, colored paste used in printing; printer's ink
- Slang publicity, esp. in newspapers
- a dark, liquid secretion ejected by cuttlefish, octopuses, and squid to confuse or inhibit a predator
Origin of inkMiddle English enke ; from Old French enque ; from Late Latin encaustum ; from Classical Greek enkauston, purple or red ink ; from enkaustos, burned in ; from enkaiein, to burn in ; from en-, in + kaiein, to burn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kai- from source heat
- to cover with ink; spread ink on
- to mark, write, sign, draw, or color with ink: often with in
- Slang to sign one's name to
- A pigmented liquid or paste used especially for writing or printing.
- A dark liquid ejected for protection by most cephalopods, including octopuses and squids.
- Informal Coverage in the print media; publicity: Her campaign rallies generated a lot of ink.
- Informal A tattoo or tattoos: showed us his ink.
transitive verbinked, ink·ing, inks
- To mark, coat, or stain with ink.
- Informal To append one's signature to (a contract, for example).
- Informal To tattoo.
Origin of inkMiddle English inke, from Old French enque, from Late Latin encaustum, purple ink, from Greek enkauston, painted in encaustic, from enkaiein, to paint in encaustic, burn in; see encaustic.
(usually uncountable, plural inks)
- A pigment (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.
- The TSA has been getting a lot of ink lately.
- (slang, uncountable) Tattoo work.
- (slang) Cheap red wine.
(third-person singular simple present inks, present participle inking, simple past and past participle inked)
From Old French enque, from Latin encaustum (“purple ink used by Roman emperors to sign documents”), from Ancient Greek ἔγκαυστον (enkauston, “burned-in”), from ἐν (en, “in”) + καίω (kaiō, “burn”).