[ fingk ]
/ fɪŋk /


verb (used without object)

to inform to the police; squeal.
to act as a strikebreaker; scab.

Verb Phrases

fink out,
  1. to withdraw from or refuse to support a project, activity, scheme, etc.; renege: He said he'd lend me his motorcycle, but he finked out.
  2. to become untrustworthy.

Origin of fink

1900–05, Americanism; compared with German Fink literally, finch, colloquial epithet for an undesirable person, especially an untidy or loose-living one (often in compounds, as Duckfink sycophant, Schmierfink untidy writer); but the transmission of this word to English and the range of meanings of the English word have not been clarified fully Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for fink

/ (fɪŋk) slang, mainly US and Canadian /


a strikebreaker; blackleg
an informer, such as one working for the police; spy
an unpleasant, disappointing, or contemptible person


(intr often foll by on) to inform (on someone), as to the police

Word Origin for fink

C20: of uncertain origin
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