pinkie

1

or pink·y

[ping-kee]

noun Informal.

the little finger.

Origin of pinkie

1
1585–95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger

pinky

1
[ping-kee]

noun, plural pink·ies.

Origin of pinky

1
1830–40; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink pink3

pinkie

2
[ping-kee]

noun Australian Informal.

inferior or cheap wine, especially red wine.

Origin of pinkie

2
First recorded in 1895–1900; pink1 + -ie

pinky

2
[ping-kee]

noun, plural pink·ies.

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Examples from the Web for pinkies

Contemporary Examples of pinkies

  • If it were Japan, the people in charge would be hacking off their pinkies and going door to door, personally apologizing.

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    Too Big to Succeed

    Christopher Buckley

    January 7, 2010

Historical Examples of pinkies

  • You are not like my people, the Pinkies, and there is no place for you in our country.

    Sky Island

    L. Frank Baum

  • The Pinkies turned away and conversed together in low tones.

    Sky Island

    L. Frank Baum

  • This statement astonished all the Pinkies, who looked at the Witch inquiringly.

    Sky Island

    L. Frank Baum

  • I wish mother could see me rulin' the Pinkies—an' Papa Griffith, too.

    Sky Island

    L. Frank Baum

  • There was silence for a moment, while all the Pinkies seemed to think deeply.

    Sky Island

    L. Frank Baum


British Dictionary definitions for pinkies

pinkie

pinky

noun plural -ies

Scot, US and Canadian the little finger

Word Origin for pinkie

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

pinkie

n.

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

pinky

adj.

"pinkish," late 18c., from pink (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pinkies in Medicine

pinkie

n.

The little finger.
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