Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pink 1

1. Any of a group of colors reddish in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation.
a. Any of various plants of the genus Dianthus, such as sweet William, often cultivated for their showy, fragrant, usually pink, red, or white flowers. Also called dianthus.
b. Any of several other plants in the pink family, such as the wild pink.
c. A flower of any of these plants.
3. The highest or best degree: in the pink of health.
4. pinks
a. Light-colored trousers formerly worn as part of the winter semidress uniform by US Army officers.
b. The scarlet coat worn by fox hunters.
5. Slang A pinko.
adj. pink·er, pink·est
1. Of the color pink.
2. Slang Having moderately leftist political opinions.

[Early Modern English, flower of the genus Dianthus, perhaps from pink, to peer, blink, wink (probably from Dutch pinken, of unknown origin), or from pink (in reference to the jagged edge of the flower's petals ).]

pink′ness n.

pink 2

tr.v. pinked, pink·ing, pinks
1. To stab lightly with a pointed weapon; prick.
2. To decorate with a perforated pattern.
3. To cut with pinking shears.

[Middle English pingen, pinken, to push, prick, from Old English pyngan, from Latin pungere; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

pink 3

 (pĭngk) also pink·ie or pink·y (pĭng′kē)
n. pl. pinks also pink·ies Nautical
A small sailing vessel with a sharply narrowed stern and an overhanging transom.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch pinke.]


(Textiles) someone or something that pinks leather, cloth, etc
References in classic literature ?
Volumnia, growing with the flight of time pinker as to the red in her face, and yellower as to the white, reads to Sir Leicester in the long evenings and is driven to various artifices to conceal her yawns, of which the chief and most efficacious is the insertion of the pearl necklace between her rosy lips.
Ablewhite stood up in the middle of the room, with his bald head much pinker than I had ever seen it yet, and addressed himself in the most affectionate manner to his niece.
Pinker show us that, for example, humankind has grown richer and less violent, most people now live in democracies, fewer people live in poverty and the world is about 100 times wealthier than 200 years ago.
ENLIGHTENMENT NOW By Steven Pinker Viking $35, 576 pages ISBN 9780525427575 Audio, eBook available
IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE to think the message of the book is that we should be optimistic," Steven Pinker tells our science and religion correspondent Clay Farris Naff in reference to his latest, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
Recently, the Harvard University psychologist Steven Pinker published a book documenting long-term positive trends in multiple dimensions of wellbeing, which he calls "the fruits of the Enlightenment.
Social Policy and Welfare Pluralism: Selected Writings of Robert Pinker
Rob Pinker, chief operating officer and head - India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA), Brunswick Group, said: "The Gulf is becoming an increasingly important hub for the firm.
Greg Eurell 57 trainer of Apache Cat & Pinker Pinker; Lady Aitken 91 owner of Pundit & Sempervivum; Katie (Rimell) Johnston 54 owner-rider of Three Counties; Phil McEntee (pictured) 48 trainer of Indian Steppes & Living The Life; Orlando Bocachica 36 rider of Lochte & Valid; Ken Kinakin 56 owner of Dancing In Silks; Lord Sudeley 78 jointowner of Border Incident; Nick Cook 61 owner of Jungle Knife; Jo Cody-Boutcher 32 secretary to Philip Hobbs; Ben Newton 60 former deputy editor of The Sporting Life & Racing Post; Howard Jones 85 member of the Injured Jockeys Fund supporters club; Alan Tappin 62 owner with Alan King
In his exemplary book, 'The stuff of thought: Language as a window into human nature,' Pinker offers five different contexts in which people use taboo language.
Once they turn duller and pinker, they have started to go over.
Steven Pinker begins a new book on writing by finding faults in old books on writing--chief among them, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.