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[gingk] /gɪŋk/
noun, Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
a person; fellow.
Origin of gink
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for gink
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  • You saw that gink on the porch the night Tess heard she was a queen.

    The Amazing Inheritance Frances R. Sterrett
  • Had a gink in soup to fish with her that looked like real money.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • All I said was dat da 'gink' was for him pulling the bookies.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • All the same, if that gink hasn't jumped town, I'll arrest him.

  • We want you to find out everything you can about what the 'gink' is doing and let us know as soon as you learn it.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Whoever the 'gink's' against you can bet all you have is straight.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • In the first place, the 'gink' has been against me, trying to get me ever since I took office, you know that?

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Until the mayor and Sweeney stepped in the 'gink' had everything his own way.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • Pretty soon a gink setting beside her beats it, and quick change for me.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • If the department is as rotten as Gibson says it is then you can blame it on the 'gink.'

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for gink


(slang) a man or boy, esp one considered to be odd
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin


noun (NZ, informal)
a look, especially a brief one, at somethinɡ
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for gink



  1. A man; fellow; guy: Does a gink in Minsk suffer less from an appendectomy?
  2. A tedious, mediocre person; jerk

[1908+; origin unknown; perhaps somehow fr Turkish, ''catamite, punk,'' found in early 1800s sources, both British and US]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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