These seem highly entertained with pinking poor Anthony, and whispering, I warrant ye, filthy tales in his ear.
"The pinking of your doublet suits me not, either," I declared.
Arrived at Meath Street, admitted by Mrs. pinking, he bounded up the stairs, tremendous in his agony of love.
If Mrs. pinking would be so kind as to allow them the same terms.
Mrs. Bevis presently returned with an answer (winking and pinking at me) that the lady would follow her down.
Leave off your winking and your pinking, with a hose-pox t'ye.
She worked briskly, rolling out the dough, filling the deep dish, and pinking the edges of the upper crust with a fork.
He will rail at his second for not pinking you; but 'twas his own words that daunted the man.
At Queen's Road station gloomily they alighted; silently laboured to the house of Mrs. pinking.
Just in time, dearie, to fetch us the paste from the library and the pinking iron which Gussie was using last evening.
1570s, common name of Dianthus, a garden plant of various colors, of unknown origin. Its use for "pale rose color" first recorded 1733 (pink-coloured is recorded from 1680s), from one of the colors of the flowers. The plant name is perhaps from pink (v.) via notion of "perforated" petals, or from Dutch pink "small" (see pinkie), from the term pinck oogen "half-closed eyes," literally "small eyes," which was borrowed into English (1570s) and may have been used as a name for Dianthus, which sometimes has pale red flowers.
The flower meaning led (by 1590s) to a figurative use for "the flower" or finest example of anything (e.g. Mercutio's "Nay, I am the very pinck of curtesie," Rom. & Jul. II.iv.61). Political noun sense "person perceived as left of center but not entirely radical (i.e. red)" is attested by 1927, but the image dates to at least 1837. Pink slip "discharge notice" is first recorded 1915. To see pink elephants "hallucinate from alcoholism" first recorded 1913 in Jack London's "John Barleycorn."
c.1200, pungde "pierce, stab," later (early 14c.) "make holes in; spur a horse," of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Romanic stem that also yielded French piquer, Spanish picar (see pike (n.2)). Or perhaps from Old English pyngan and directly from Latin pungere "to prick, pierce" (see pungent). Surviving mainly in pinking shears.