- the little finger.
Origin of pinkie1
1585–95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger
Origin of pinky1
1830–40; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink pink3
- inferior or cheap wine, especially red wine.
Origin of pinkie2
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Examples from the Web for pinkies
If it were Japan, the people in charge would be hacking off their pinkies and going door to door, personally apologizing.Too Big to Succeed
January 7, 2010
You are not like my people, the Pinkies, and there is no place for you in our country.
"And the Pinkies are anxious to get home," added Rosalie, who was present.
Then she turned to Rosalie and asked: "How would you like to rule the Pinkies?"
The Pinkies turned away and conversed together in low tones.
This statement astonished all the Pinkies, who looked at the Witch inquiringly.
- Scot, US and Canadian the little finger
C19: from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink 1; compare pinkeye
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Word Origin and History for pinkies
"the little finger," 1808, in Scottish, from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink "little finger," of uncertain origin.
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- The little finger.
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