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[ing-kee] /ˈɪŋ ki/
adjective, inkier, inkiest.
black as ink:
inky shadows.
resembling ink:
The solution was an inky liquid.
stained with ink:
inky fingers.
of or relating to ink.
consisting of or containing ink.
written with ink.
Origin of inky
1575-85; ink + -y1
Related forms
inkiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The curved horizon was defined by the inky blackness of space.
  • The militants, it was rumoured, meant to cut off the inky forefinger of anyone thus marked as having disobeyed their injunction.
  • But a newspaper, pumping its inky current of despair, might serve as well.
  • 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


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

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

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