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[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, Informal.
the little finger.
Also, pinky.
Origin of pinkie1
1585-95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger


[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, Australian Informal.
inferior or cheap wine, especially red wine.
1895-1900; pink1 + -ie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pinkie
  • The tips of his pinkie fingers are conspicuously missing.
  • Take the hunk of gold wrapped around his right pinkie.
  • He put his pinkie in the hole and observed that a flap of canvas had been pushed back.
  • Her hand, except for the tips of the pinkie and index fingers, looked better.
  • Only as long as your pinkie, these ferocious featherweights can eat three times their weight daily.
  • These rarely seen creatures range in size from tiny darters smaller than your pinkie to white sturgeons big as a park bench.
British Dictionary definitions for pinkie


noun (pl) -ies
(Scot & US, Canadian) the little finger
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink1; compare pinkeye
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Word Origin and History for pinkie

"the little finger," 1808, in Scottish, from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink "little finger," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pinkie in Medicine

pinkie pink·ie or pink·y (pĭng'kē)
The little finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for pinkie



An operative or agent of the Pinkerton detective agency: how you suppose Pinkies get trainin' (1850+)



: pinky ring


The little finger: Pardon my lifted pinky (1860+)

Related Terms

play stinky-pinky

[fr an earlier adjective sense, ''small, tiny'']

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