noun, often attributive \ˈiŋk\

: colored liquid that is used for writing or printing

: public attention

biology : the black liquid that is used by some sea creatures for protection

Full Definition of INK

:  a colored usually liquid material for writing and printing
:  the black protective secretion of a cephalopod
slang :  publicity 2d
ink·i·ness \ˈiŋ-kē-nəs\ noun
inky \ˈiŋ-kē\ adjective

Examples of INK

  1. Fill out the form using blue or black ink.
  2. The printer is out of ink.
  3. We're using four different inks for this poster.

Origin of INK

Middle English enke, from Anglo-French encre, enke, from Late Latin encaustum, from neuter of Latin encaustus burned in, from Greek enkaustos, verbal of enkaiein to burn in — more at encaustic
First Known Use: 13th century



: to put ink on (something)

: to sign (a document) to show that you accept or agree with what is written on it

: to hire (someone) to do something by having that person sign a contract

Full Definition of INK

transitive verb
:  to put ink on <ink a pen>; also :  to draw or write on in ink
a :  sign 2a <inked a new contract>
b :  sign 4

Examples of INK

  1. They just inked a new partnership agreement.
  2. <the basketball star just inked a two-year contract with the most celebrated franchise in the NBA>

First Known Use of INK

INK Defined for Kids


noun \ˈiŋk\

Definition of INK for Kids

:  a liquid material used for writing or printing
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