[ ingk ]
/ ɪŋk /


verb (used with object)

to mark, stain, cover, or smear with ink: to ink one's clothes.
Informal. to sign one's name to (an official document): We expect to ink the contract tomorrow.

verb (used with or without object)

Slang. to mark (the skin) with tattoos: The team agreed that they would all get inked if they brought home the championship this year.



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Origin of ink

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English inke, inc, enke, from Old French enca, enque, ancre, from Late Latin encautum, variant of encaustum “burnt in, painted in,” from Greek énkauston “purple ink (used for imperial signatures),” noun use of neuter of énkaustos “burnt in”; see encaustic

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British Dictionary definitions for ink

/ (ɪŋk) /


a fluid or paste used for printing, writing, and drawing
a dark brown fluid ejected into the water for self-concealment by an octopus or related mollusc from a gland (ink sac) near the anus

verb (tr)

to mark with ink
to coat (a printing surface) with ink
See also ink in, ink up

Derived forms of ink

inker, noun

Word Origin for ink

C13: from Old French enque, from Late Latin encaustum a purplish-red ink, from Greek enkauston purple ink, from enkaustos burnt in, from enkaiein to burn in; see en- ², caustic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for ink

[ ĭngk ]

A dark liquid ejected for protection by most cephalopods, including the octopus and squid. Ink consists of highly concentrated melanin.
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