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noun, plural pink·ies.
  1. pink3.

Origin of pinky1

1830–40; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink pink3


noun, plural pink·ies.
  1. pinkie1.


or pink·y

noun Informal.
  1. the little finger.

Origin of pinkie1

1585–95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger
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  • At intervals along the front were lozenge-shaped panels of pinky marble.

  • His pinky toe was first to enter, Then the big toe, front and center.

  • As soon as you have the work done, Pinky and Cheyne can take the stuff on shore.

    Tom Gerrard

    Louis Becke

  • Go with 'em quietly, 'Pinky,' and maybe it'll be in your favour.

  • Pinky had soared up from his blankets; was lovingly shaking Milt's hand.

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for pinky



noun plural -ies
  1. Scot, US and Canadian the little finger

Word Origin

C19: from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink 1; compare pinkeye
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Word Origin and History for pinky


"pinkish," late 18c., from pink (n.) + -y (2).



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pinky in Medicine


  1. The little finger.
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