[ fingk ]
See synonyms for fink on
  1. a strikebreaker.

  2. a labor spy.

  1. an informer; stool pigeon.

  2. a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person.

verb (used without object)
  1. to inform to the police; squeal.

  2. to act as a strikebreaker; scab.

Verb Phrases
  1. fink out,

    • 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.

    • 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. 2023

How to use fink in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fink


/ (fɪŋk) slang, mainly US and Canadian /

  1. a strikebreaker; blackleg

  2. an informer, such as one working for the police; spy

  1. an unpleasant, disappointing, or contemptible person

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

Origin of fink

C20: of uncertain origin

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