- a strikebreaker.
- a labor spy.
- an informer; stool pigeon.
- a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person.
- to inform to the police; squeal.
- to act as a strikebreaker; scab.
- fink out,
- to withdraw from or refuse to support a project, activity, scheme, etc.; renege: He said he'd lend me his motorcycle, but he finked out.
- to become untrustworthy.
Origin of fink
Examples from the Web for fink
Fink stresses the need for Nigeria to train and deploy women into more prominent law enforcement roles.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
Fink ran through a litany of concerns: China, Japan, “the nonsense in Washington,” the Federal Reserve.Wall Street CEOs Say It’s The Best of Times and The Worst of Times
November 12, 2013
"I'll try and fink of something for you," said Poppy gravely.The Carroll Girls
I should fink she could ride now, and not tumble over so much.Teddy: Her Book
Anna Chapin Ray
Fink was good tem to stea' from him, an' getta his go' an' sivver.
I fink some day it'll be as big as the one on Mrs. Handsomebody's chin.Explorers of the Dawn
Mazo de la Roche
And when I told him he replied: "I fink I can get 'em done at harf-price nah."
- a strikebreaker; blackleg
- an informer, such as one working for the police; spy
- an unpleasant, disappointing, or contemptible person
- (intr often foll by on) to inform (on someone), as to the police
Word Origin and History for fink
1902, of uncertain origin, possibly from German Fink "a frivolous or dissolute person," originally "finch;" the German word also had a sense of "informer" (cf. stool pigeon). The other theory traces it to Pinks, short for Pinkerton agents, the private police force hired to break up the 1892 Homestead strike. As a verb, 1925 in American English slang. Related: Finked; finking.