pinkie

1 of 2

noun (1)

pin·​kie ˈpiŋ-kē How to pronounce pinkie (audio)

pinkie

2 of 2

noun (2)

variants or pinky
plural pinkies

Examples of pinkie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Informed of this, Sánchez laughed and held up his pinkie. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Mar. 2024 Her thumbs and pointer fingers have a flame-like design with metallic gems; her middle and ring fingers have a shimmery base with veiny, silver, French tips; and her pinkies have an abstract foil finish. Marci Robin, Allure, 22 Jan. 2024 Crafted by Madame Tussauds studio artists in London, the figure — clad in patent leather boots and decked out in jewelry, including a silver skull ring and a gold rectangle signet ring — showcases the artist’s signature pinkies up pose. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 15 Dec. 2023 He color coordinates them and cuts a small hole in the corner to enhance his pinkie’s grip. Emmanuel Morgan Thomas Prior, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The Dodgers don’t want Miguel Vargas to take swings during games because of a broken pinkie. Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2023 Fact: Humanity’s only flaw is the weird pinkie toe with the stubby nail. Jay Katsir, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 The buds themselves are barely the size of my pinkie fingertip. WIRED, 10 Nov. 2023 Her solve—sizing down and wearing her Oura as a pinkie ring—earned the wellness tool a spot at the Khaite show alongside the rest of her outfit. Erika Veurink, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

probably from Dutch pinkje small pink, diminutive of pink, from Middle Dutch pinke

Noun (2)

probably from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1808, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinkie was circa 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Pinkie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinkie. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pinkie

noun
pin·​kie
variants or pinky
ˈpiŋ-kē
plural pinkies
Etymology

Noun

probably from Dutch pinkje "little finger"

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