pink

1
[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /

noun

adjective, pink·er, pink·est.

Idioms

    tickled pink. tickle(def 10).

Origin of pink

1
First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

Related forms

pink·ness, noun

Definition for pink (2 of 3)

pink

2
[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /

verb (used with object)

to pierce with a rapier or the like; stab.
to finish at the edge with a scalloped, notched, or other ornamental pattern.
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
1275–1325; Middle English pynken to prick, derivative of Old English pinca point, itself derivative of pinn pin

Definition for pink (3 of 3)

pink

3
[ pingk ]
/ pɪŋk /

noun

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

Origin of pink

3
1425–75; late Middle English pinck < Middle Dutch pinke fishing boat
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British Dictionary definitions for pink (1 of 3)

pink

1
/ (pɪŋk) /

noun

adjective

verb

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

Derived Forms

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)

pink

2
/ (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)

pink

3
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with pink

pink


see in the pink; tickled pink.

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