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or pinky

[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, Informal.
the little finger.
Origin of pinkie1
1585-95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger


[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, Australian Informal.
inferior or cheap wine, especially red wine.
First recorded in 1895-1900; pink1 + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I like you and I like pinkie, but I don't want you to cry over me.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • The battle of pinkie was fought in 1547, when he was sixteen.

  • pinkie wrote me all about it, and I wired her to come down here at once.

    A Star for a Night Elsie Janis
  • "It's from pinkie and she'll be here on the 3:30 train," she explained, turning to Zinsheimer.

    A Star for a Night Elsie Janis
  • Furthermore, pinkie's hat was of the early spring vintage, and the ribbon was faded.

    A Star for a Night Elsie Janis
  • "I suppose Marky sent them," said pinkie, dropping upon the sofa in disgust.

    A Star for a Night Elsie Janis
  • "I got to have me bit of coke," pinkie answered, with a shrug of his shoulders.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
  • "It was about an hour ago," resumed pinkie Bonn with undisturbed complacency.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
British Dictionary definitions for pinkie


noun (pl) -ies
(Scot & US, Canadian) the little finger
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink1; compare pinkeye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pinkie

"the little finger," 1808, in Scottish, from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink "little finger," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pinkie in Medicine

pinkie pink·ie or pink·y (pĭng'kē)
The little finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pinkie



An operative or agent of the Pinkerton detective agency: how you suppose Pinkies get trainin' (1850+)



: pinky ring


The little finger: Pardon my lifted pinky (1860+)

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play stinky-pinky

[fr an earlier adjective sense, ''small, tiny'']

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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