plural pinkos also pinkoes
: a person who holds advanced liberal or moderately radical political or economic views

Examples of pinko in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My general experience with campaigns is that winning candidates are almost always those who attack their opponents remorselessly and relentlessly — those who convince the voters that the other guy is a racist, a pinko, a warmonger, a coward, a crook, a greedy capitalist, whatever. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinko was in 1925

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“Pinko.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pinko. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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