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[mingk] /mɪŋk/
noun, plural minks (especially collectively) mink.
a semiaquatic weasellike animal of the genus Mustela, especially the North American M. vison.
the fur of this animal, brownish in the natural state and having lustrous outside hairs and a thick, soft undercoat.
a coat, stole, etc., made of this fur.
Origin of mink
1425-75; late Middle English, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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  • I also told Aunt Belle to see about relining my mink cape and muff.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • Then he will return to the Great Lake and trap the marten and the mink.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • mink is a dead shot, and probably wire-edged with whisky and expecting me.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • But when, a few hours later, he heard that mink had disappeared he was indignant.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • mink was not in sight, but the barkeeper stood rigidly on duty.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • mink arose, but no sooner was he on his feet than his courage returned.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • Jake had a gun, and mink is able to prove that he shot in self-defense.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for mink


noun (pl) mink, minks
any of several semiaquatic musteline mammals of the genus Mustela, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having slightly webbed feet
the highly valued fur of these animals, esp that of the American mink (M. vison)
a garment made of this, esp a woman's coat or stole
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mink, Swedish mänk
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Word Origin and History for mink

early 15c., "skin or fur of the mink," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish menk "a stinking animal in Finland"). Applied in English to the animal itself from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mink



  1. A sexually promiscuous person; lecher; nymphomaniac: The doctor was a regular mink
  2. A pert and attractive young woman; dish, fox
  3. A woman's genitalia, pubic hair, etc; beaver (1940s+)

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fuck like a mink, tight

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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