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[mingk] /mɪŋk/
noun, plural minks (especially collectively) mink.
a semiaquatic weasellike animal of the genus Mustela, especially the North American M. vison.
the fur of this animal, brownish in the natural state and having lustrous outside hairs and a thick, soft undercoat.
a coat, stole, etc., made of this fur.
Origin of mink
1425-75; late Middle English, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mink
  • The area's populations of bobcats, bear, mink and river otter have likely declined.
  • Unlike the nine pudgy muskrats taken that day, the feel of a mink's body in the hand is that of a carnivore, sleek and bony.
  • mink, weasel and birds of prey can be more damaging to poultry flocks left outdoors as well.
  • mink-collared grandmothers are settled in firmly, ready to enjoy the pageant.
  • Take back your mink, your diamonds, and your pearls.
  • We chose one that's usually used to repair small holes in mink coats.
  • She wore a sheared mink coat and spoke softly, still in a state of shock.
  • It is a luxury that, along with our electric drink stirrers and mink hangers, has gone quickly out of style.
  • The mink is one of few mammals in which males are larger than females.
  • mink and otters look similar except mink are smaller in size and have a hairy, bushy tail.
British Dictionary definitions for mink


noun (pl) mink, minks
any of several semiaquatic musteline mammals of the genus Mustela, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having slightly webbed feet
the highly valued fur of these animals, esp that of the American mink (M. vison)
a garment made of this, esp a woman's coat or stole
Word Origin
C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mink, Swedish mänk
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Word Origin and History for mink

early 15c., "skin or fur of the mink," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish menk "a stinking animal in Finland"). Applied in English to the animal itself from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mink


  1. A sexually promiscuous person; lecher; nymphomaniac: The doctor was a regular mink
  2. A pert and attractive young woman; dish, fox
  3. A woman's genitalia, pubic hair, etc; beaver (1940s+)
Related Terms

fuck like a mink, tight

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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