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adjective, ink·i·er, ink·i·est.
  1. black as ink: inky shadows.
  2. resembling ink: The solution was an inky liquid.
  3. stained with ink: inky fingers.
  4. of or relating to ink.
  5. consisting of or containing ink.
  6. written with ink.
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Origin of inky

First recorded in 1575–85; ink + -y1
Related formsink·i·ness, noun
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adjective inkier or inkiest
  1. resembling ink, esp in colour; dark or black
  2. of, containing, or stained with inkinky fingers
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Derived Formsinkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inky


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

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