Pink definition

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To prick or stab.
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Of the color pink.
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The highest or finest example, degree, etc.

The pink of perfection.

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Any of a group of colors reddish in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation.
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To ornament (cloth, paper, etc.) by making perforations in a pattern.
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Pink is a type of flower and family of plants.

An example of pink is the carnation.

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Pink is a color, made of red mixed with white.

An example of pink is the color of cherry blossoms.

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(slang) Having moderately leftist political opinions.
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To stab lightly with a pointed weapon; prick.
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To decorate with a perforated pattern.
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To cut with pinking shears.
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Any of a genus (Dianthus) of annual and perennial plants of the pink family with white, pink, or red flowers, often clove-scented.
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The flower.
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Its pale-red color.
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(informal) A person whose political or economic views are somewhat leftist.
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Designating a family (Caryophyllaceae, order Caryophyllales) of widely distributed, dicotyledonous plants with bright-colored flowers, including the carnation and sweet william.
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Pale-red.
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(informal) Somewhat leftist.
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To cut a saw-toothed edge on (cloth, etc.) to prevent unraveling or for decoration.
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To hurt, as by criticism.
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To adorn; embellish.
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The highest or best degree.

In the pink of health.

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Pink is to the highest degree.

An example of pink is a healthy newborn baby.

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(slang) A pinko.
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Any of various plants of the genus Dianthus, such as sweet William, often cultivated for their showy, fragrant, usually pink, red, or white flowers.
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Any of several other plants in the pink family, such as the wild pink.
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A flower of any of these plants.
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Light-colored trousers formerly worn as part of the winter semidress uniform by US Army officers.
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The scarlet coat worn by fox hunters.
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A small sailing vessel with a sharply narrowed stern and an overhanging transom.
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The scarlet worn by a fox hunter.
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A fox hunter.
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A sailing vessel with a high, narrow stern.
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(regional) The common minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus. [from 15th c.]
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(regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, before it becomes a smolt; a parr. [from 17th c.]
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(now historical) A narrow boat. [from 15th c.]
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To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
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To prick with a sword.
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To choose; to cull; to pick out.

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A stab.

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Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations. [from 16th c.]

This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.

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(dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. [from 16th c.]

Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.

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The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. [from 17th c.]

My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink.

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Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. [from 18th c.]
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(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.

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(slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.
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Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
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Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
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(informal) Relating to homosexuals as a group within society.

The pink economy.

Pink dollar; pink pound.

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(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).
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(obsolete) To wink; to blink.

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(obsolete) Half-shut; winking.

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(slang, derogatory, dated) An operative of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.
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in the pink
  • in good physical condition; healthy; fit
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
pink
Comparative:
pinker
Superlative:
pinkest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pink

  • Early Modern English flower of the genus Dianthus perhaps from pink to peer, blink, wink (probably from Dutch pinken of unknown origin) or from pink (in reference to the jagged edge of the flower's petals)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pingen, pinken to push, prick from Old English pyngan from Latin pungere peuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Middle Dutch pinke

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken "˜hit, peck'.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle Dutch pincke.

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  • Origin unknown.

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  • Shortening.

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