Pink

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Various shades of pink.
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A carnation cultivar.
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Sixteen snooker balls: 15 reds and 1 pink.
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Various common minnows.

Noun

Pink (plural Pinks)
  1. A colour between red and white; pale red.
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink.
  2. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations.
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.
  3. (archaic) excellence, perfection
    Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
  4. hunting pink; scarlet
    • 1986, Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry, SUNY, page 69:
      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.
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points.
    Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the pink.
  6. (colloquial) A common minnow.
  7. (colloquial) A young salmon.
  8. (slang) A unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.

Adjective

Pink (comparative Pinker, superlative Pinkest)

  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.

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Noun

Pink (plural Pinks)
  1. A narrow boat.

Verb

Pink (third-person singular simple present Pinks, present participle Pinking, simple past and past participle Pinked)

  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.’

Verb

Pink (third-person singular simple present Pinks, present participle Pinking, simple past and past participle Pinked)

  1. (of a motor car) To emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set ignition timing for the fuel used (in a spark ignition engine).

Adjectives for Pink

pearl; silver; sparkling; shell; salmon; rose; orchid; delicate; frothy; arresting; translucent; soft; raspberry; light; chalk; lavender; childish; gaudy; pathetic.

Thesaurus

Bolshevik, India pink, Jacobin, Vandyke, Wobbly, acme, acme of perfection, anarchist, anarchistic, anarcho-syndicalist, annatto, auger, bite, blaze, blooming, bore, broach, burnt rose, chop, climax, color, consummation, coral, countersink, crenellate, crenulate, crimp, crimson, culmination, cut, drill, empierce, extreme, extreme left-winger, extremist, extremistic, fiesta, fix, flesh, flesh color, flesh red, flush, flushed, fresh, fresh as April, gash, glow, gore, gouge, gouge out, green, healthy, hearty, height, highest pitch, hole, honeycomb, impale, in good shape, in the pink, incarnadine, incise, indent, jag, knurl, lance, last word, left-wing extremist, livid pink, lunatic fringe, machicolate, mallow pink, mantle, melon, mild radical, mildly radical, mill, moonlight, ne plus ultra, needle, nick, nihilist, nihilistic, notch, orchid rose, parlor Bolshevik, parlor pink, peach, peachblossom pink, peak, penetrate, perfection, perforate, picot, pierce, pink of perfection, pinkish, pinkishness, pinkness, pinko, pinky, pinnacle, prick, primrose, punch, puncture, radical, ream, ream out, red, red pink, redden, revolutionary, revolutionist, riddle, rose, rose pink, rose-colored, rose-hued, rose-red, roseate, rosiness, rosy, rosy-cheeked, rouge, royal pink, ruddy, run through, salmon, sans-culotte, scallop, scarify, scarlet madder, score, scotch, serrate, shell pink, shocking pink, skewer, slash, spear, spike, spit, stab, stick, subversive, summit, syndicalist, tap, tea rose, tooth, top, transfix, transpierce, trepan, trephine, ultimate, ultra, ultraconservative, ultraist, ultraistic, up, yippie, youthful

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

1733, pink (pale rose colour); 1681, pink-coloured. 1570, pink, pinck, common name for the garden plant Dianthus. Precise origin uncertain; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked ("pricked") or jagged, from Middle English pinken (to make figures), or shortened from pink-eye, from Middle Dutch pinck oogen (small or half-closed eyes) (compare also French œillet), from Middle Dutch pincken (to shut the eyes, twinkle, wink).

Etymology 2

Dutch / Middle English pin(c)ke.

Etymology 3

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

Etymology 4

Onomatopoeic

Translations

Adjective

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Note: the flower is NOT the same as a rose - ensure that the translations for the flower name are correct

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  • Serbo-Croatian: ružičast(i)

Dutch

Noun

Pink m. (plural pinken, diminutive pinkje, diminutive plural pinkjes)

  1. pinkie (little finger)
  2. one-year-old calf
  3. a pink (ship - see Etymology 2)

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Swedish

Noun

Pink n. (uncountable)

  1. (slang) pee

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