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inky

[ing-kee] /ˈɪŋ ki/
adjective, inkier, inkiest.
1.
black as ink:
inky shadows.
2.
resembling ink:
The solution was an inky liquid.
3.
stained with ink:
inky fingers.
4.
of or relating to ink.
5.
consisting of or containing ink.
6.
written with ink.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; ink + -y1
Related forms
inkiness, noun
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  • The curved horizon was defined by the inky blackness of space.
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  • Instead, his experiment yielded an inky dark residue.
  • Interstellar dust clouds and inky stretches of deep space can appear dull to ordinary telescopes.
  • We boarded a motorboat and glided across the inky river under a dusting of stars.
  • These optical aids reveal it as a tiny greenish disk set against the inky blackness of space.
  • The vertical striations on the rocky face are vivid, while the forest below lurks in inky shadow.
  • Across the narrow opening of the street an inky form glided by with a water-jar upon her head.
  • Over the years, pressure turns snow into inky blue ice that creates a contrast to the fresh white of the surface.
British Dictionary definitions for inky

inky

/ˈɪŋkɪ/
adjective inkier, inkiest
1.
resembling ink, esp in colour; dark or black
2.
of, containing, or stained with ink: inky fingers
Derived Forms
inkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for inky
adj.

"as black as ink," 1590s, from ink (n.) + -y (2). Related: Inkily; inkiness.

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