inky

[ ing-kee ]
/ ˈɪŋ ki /

adjective, ink·i·er, ink·i·est.

black as ink: inky shadows.
resembling ink: The solution was an inky liquid.
stained with ink: inky fingers.
of or relating to ink.
consisting of or containing ink.
written with ink.

Nearby words

  1. inkstand,
  2. inkster,
  3. inkstone,
  4. inkwell,
  5. inkwood,
  6. inky cap,
  7. inky smudge,
  8. inla,
  9. inlace,
  10. inlaid

Origin of inky

First recorded in 1575–85; ink + -y1

Related formsink·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inky

inky

/ (ˈɪŋkɪ) /

adjective inkier or inkiest

resembling ink, esp in colour; dark or black
of, containing, or stained with inkinky fingers
Derived Formsinkiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for inky

inky

adj.

"as black as ink," 1590s, from ink (n.) + -y (2). Related: Inkily; inkiness.

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