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[ing-kee] /ˈɪŋ ki/
adjective, inkier, inkiest.
black as ink:
inky shadows.
resembling ink:
The solution was an inky liquid.
stained with ink:
inky fingers.
of or relating to ink.
consisting of or containing ink.
written with ink.
Origin of inky
1575-85; ink + -y1
Related forms
inkiness, noun Unabridged
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  • A broad path of silver glinted on the inky waters of the river.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • Fortner stepped into the inky shadow of a large rock, against which he leaned.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • Mr Snagsby puts up at one of these inky wells and greets the stranger with his cough of general preparation for business.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • Oh, yes, Mother; they came back as soon as I found myself all inky.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • Of the subsequent proceedings, inky Mike brought us a fuller report than the newspapers.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for inky


adjective inkier, inkiest
resembling ink, esp in colour; dark or black
of, containing, or stained with ink: inky fingers
Derived Forms
inkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inky

"as black as ink," 1590s, from ink (n.) + -y (2). Related: Inkily; inkiness.

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