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  1. a color varying from light crimson to pale reddish purple.

  2. any of several plants of the genus Dianthus, as the clove pink or carnation.: Compare pink family.

  1. the flower of such a plant; carnation.

  2. the highest or best form, degree, or example of something: Those runners are in the pink of condition. Her parties are the pink of perfection.

  3. Older Slang: Disparaging. pinko.

  4. Business Informal. a carbon copy, as of a sales slip or invoice, made on pink tissue paper.

  5. pinks,

    • Fox Hunting. pink coat.

    • pinkish-tan gabardine trousers formerly worn by military officers as part of the dress uniform.

  6. the scarlet color of hunting pinks.

adjective,pink·er, pink·est.
  1. of the color pink: pink marble.

  2. Older Slang: Disparaging.

    • holding mildly leftist political opinions.

    • leaning toward communist ideology.

  1. Informal. of or relating to gay people or gay sexual orientation.

Idioms about pink

  1. in the pink, healthy, physically fit, or in high spirits: I’m feeling very much in the pink today, after a refreshing walk in the countryside.

  2. tickled pink. tickle (def. 11).

Origin of pink

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

Other words from pink

  • pink·ness, noun

Words Nearby pink

Other definitions for pink (2 of 3)

[ pingk ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to pierce with a rapier or the like; stab.

  2. to finish (fabric) at the edge with a scalloped, notched, or other pattern, as to prevent fraying or for ornament.

  1. to punch (cloth, leather, etc.) with small holes or figures for ornament.

  2. Chiefly British Dialect. to adorn or ornament, especially with scalloped edges or a punched-out pattern.

Origin of pink

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English pinge(n), pinken, pung(en) “to push (a door), batter, shove; prick, stab, pierce; punch holes in,” Old English pyngan “to prick,” possibly from Latin pungere “to prick, pierce”; cf. point, puncheon2

Other definitions for pink (3 of 3)

[ pingk ]

  1. a vessel with a pink stern.

Origin of pink

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English pynck(e), from Middle Dutch pinke “fishing boat” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pink in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pink (1 of 3)


/ (pɪŋk) /

  1. any of a group of colours with a reddish hue that are of low to moderate saturation and can usually reflect or transmit a large amount of light; a pale reddish tint

  2. pink cloth or clothing: dressed in pink

  1. any of various Old World plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus, such as D. plumarius (garden pink), cultivated for their fragrant flowers: See also carnation (def. 1)

  2. any of various plants of other genera, such as the moss pink

  3. the flower of any of these plants

  4. the highest or best degree, condition, etc (esp in the phrases in the pink of health, in the pink)

    • a huntsman's scarlet coat

    • a huntsman who wears a scarlet coat

  1. of the colour pink

  2. British informal left-wing

  1. US derogatory

    • sympathetic to or influenced by Communism

    • leftist or radical, esp half-heartedly

  2. informal of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality: the pink vote

  3. (of a huntsman's coat) scarlet or red

  1. (intr) another word for knock (def. 7)

Origin of pink

C16 (the flower), C18 (the colour): perhaps a shortening of pinkeye

Derived forms of pink

  • pinkish, adjective
  • pinkness, noun
  • pinky, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for pink (2 of 3)


/ (pɪŋk) /

  1. to prick lightly with a sword or rapier

  2. to decorate (leather, cloth, etc) with a perforated or punched pattern

  1. to cut with pinking shears

Origin of pink

C14: perhaps of Low German origin; compare Low German pinken to peck

British Dictionary definitions for pink (3 of 3)


/ (pɪŋk) /

  1. a sailing vessel with a narrow overhanging transom

Origin of pink

C15: from Middle Dutch pinke, of obscure origin

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Other Idioms and Phrases with pink


see in the pink; tickled pink.

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