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noun Informal.
  1. the little finger.
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Origin of pinkie1

1585–95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger


noun Australian Informal.
  1. inferior or cheap wine, especially red wine.
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Origin of pinkie2

First recorded in 1895–1900; pink1 + -ie
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  • I like you and I like Pinkie, but I don't want you to cry over me.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • The battle of Pinkie was fought in 1547, when he was sixteen.

  • Pinkie wrote me all about it, and I wired her to come down here at once.

  • "It's from Pinkie and she'll be here on the 3:30 train," she explained, turning to Zinsheimer.

  • Furthermore, Pinkie's hat was of the early spring vintage, and the ribbon was faded.

British Dictionary definitions for pinkie



noun plural -ies
  1. Scot, US and Canadian the little finger
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Word Origin

C19: from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink 1; compare pinkeye
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Word Origin and History for pinkie


"the little finger," 1808, in Scottish, from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink "little finger," of uncertain origin.

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pinkie in Medicine


  1. The little finger.
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