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pink

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noun \ˈpiŋk\

Definition of pink

  1. :  a ship with a narrow overhanging stern —called also pinkie



Origin and Etymology of pink

Middle English, from Middle Dutch pinke


First Known Use: 15th century


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pink

noun

Definition of pink

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Dianthus of the family Caryophyllaceae, the pink family) of chiefly Eurasian herbs having usually pink, red, or white flowers

  2. 2 a :  the very embodiment :  paragon b (1) :  one dressed in the height of fashion (2) :  elite c :  highest degree possible :  height <keep their house in the pink of repair — Rebecca West>

in the pink

  1. :  in the best of health or condition



Origin and Etymology of pink

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1573


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pink

noun

Definition of pink

  1. 1 :  any of a group of colors bluish red to red in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation

  2. 2 a :  the scarlet color of a fox hunter's coat; also :  a fox hunter's coat of this color b :  pink-colored clothing c plural :  light-colored trousers formerly worn by army officers

  3. 3 :  pinko



1678

First Known Use of pink

1678


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pink

adjective

Simple Definition of pink

  • : of the color pink

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pink

  1. 1 :  of the color pink

  2. 2 :  holding moderately radical and usually socialistic political or economic views

  3. 3 :  emotionally moved :  excited —often used as an intensive <tickled pink>

pinkness

noun

Examples of pink in a sentence

  1. Her dress is pale pink.



1720

First Known Use of pink

1720


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pink

verb

Definition of pink

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to perforate in an ornamental pattern b :  to cut a saw-toothed edge on

  3. 2 a :  pierce, stab b :  to wound by irony, criticism, or ridicule



Examples of pink in a sentence

  1. <accidentally pinked my shoulder with his fencing sword>



Did You Know?

Our unabridged dictionary, Webster's Third New International, includes 13 distinct entries for "pink," whereas our abridged volume, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate, satisfies itself with the five most common. (Words get distinct entries in our dictionaries when they have different etymologies or different parts of speech.) Today's "pink," the only verb of the five, is from a Middle English word meaning "to thrust." Of the remaining four, the only "pink" older than the verb (which dates to 1503) is a 15th century noun referring to a kind of ship. The next-oldest noun has since 1573 referred to a genus of herbs. The noun referring to the color pink and its related adjective date to 1678 and 1720, respectively. Evidence suggests that a new verb "pink" - a synonym of the verb "pink-slip" - is also emerging.

Origin and Etymology of pink

Middle English, to thrust


First Known Use: 1503



PINK Defined for Kids

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pink

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noun \ˈpiŋk\

Definition of pink for Students

  1. :  a plant with narrow leaves that is grown for its showy pink, red, or white flowers




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pink

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noun

Definition of pink for Students

  1. :  a pale red color




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adjective

Definition of pink for Students

  1. :  colored a pale red





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