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Etymology 1

Precise origin uncertain; perhaps shortened from pink-eye (compare French œillet).

Noun

Singular
pink

Plural
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  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations.
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.
  2. (archaic) excellence, perfection
    Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
  3. hunting pink; scarlet
    • 1986: it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason. Formerly no man might hunt even on his own estate until he had a licence of free warren from the Crown. Consequently he merely hunted by the pleasure of the crown, taking part in what was an exclusively Royal sport by Royal permission. And for this Royal sport, he wore the Kings livery of scarlet. — Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry (SUNY 1986, p. 69)
  4. A colour between red and white; pale red.
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 6 points.
  6. (colloquial) The European minnow.
  7. (colloquial) A young salmon.
  8. (slang) A unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.
  9. (slang) Vulva, in human females
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Note: the flower is NOT the same as a rose - ensure that the translations for the flower name are correct

Adjective

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Positive
pink

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
  2. Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  3. Having conjunctivitis.
  4. (obsolete) By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
    • 1976: Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis
      The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
Derived terms
Translations

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  • Bosnian: ružičast(i)

Etymology 2

Dutch / Middle English pin(c)ke.

Noun

Singular
pink

Plural
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  1. A narrow boat.

Etymology 3

Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.

Verb

Infinitive
to pink

Third person singular
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Simple past
-

Past participle
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Present participle
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to pink (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
  2. To prick with a sword.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 642:
      ‘Pugh!’ says she, ‘you have pinked a man in a duel, that's all.’

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Etymology 4

Onomatopoeic

Verb

Infinitive
to pink

Third person singular
-

Simple past
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Past participle
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Present participle
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to pink (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set spark plugs

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

pink m. (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje)

  1. pinkie (little finger)
  2. One-year-old calf
  3. Kind of fishing boat

Derived terms


Swedish

Noun

pink n. (uncountable)

  1. (slang) pee

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