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pink

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[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /
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noun
adjective, pink·er, pink·est.
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Idioms about pink

    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.
    tickled pink. tickle (def. 11).

Origin of pink

1
First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM pink

pink·ness, noun

Other definitions for pink (2 of 3)

pink2
[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /

verb (used with object)
to pierce with a rapier or the like; stab.
to finish (fabric) at the edge with a scalloped, notched, or other pattern, as to prevent fraying or for ornament.
to punch (cloth, leather, etc.) with small holes or figures for ornament.
Chiefly British Dialect. to adorn or ornament, especially with scalloped edges or a punched-out pattern.

Origin of pink

2
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)

pink3
[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /

noun
a vessel with a pink stern.
Also pinky .
Compare pink stern.

Origin of pink

3
First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English pynck(e), from Middle Dutch pinke “fishing boat”
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British Dictionary definitions for pink (1 of 3)

pink1
/ (pɪŋk) /

noun
adjective
verb
(intr) another word for knock (def. 7)

Derived forms of pink

pinkish, adjectivepinkness, nounpinky, adjective

Word Origin for pink

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

British Dictionary definitions for pink (2 of 3)

pink2
/ (pɪŋk) /

verb (tr)
to prick lightly with a sword or rapier
to decorate (leather, cloth, etc) with a perforated or punched pattern
to cut with pinking shears

Word Origin for pink

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

British Dictionary definitions for pink (3 of 3)

pink3
/ (pɪŋk) /

noun
a sailing vessel with a narrow overhanging transom

Word Origin for pink

C15: from Middle Dutch pinke, of obscure origin
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pink

pink

see in the pink; tickled pink.

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