pinks'

pink

1 [pingk]
noun
1.
a color varying from light crimson to pale reddish purple.
2.
any of several plants of the genus Dianthus, as the clove pink or carnation. Compare pink family.
3.
the flower of such a plant; carnation.
4.
the highest form or degree; prime: a runner in the pink of condition.
5.
(often initial capital letter) . Also, pinko. Slang: Disparaging. a person with left-wing, but not extreme, political opinions.
6.
Business Informal. a carbon copy, as of a sales slip or invoice, made on pink tissue paper.
7.
pinks.
a.
Fox Hunting. pink coat.
b.
pinkish-tan gabardine trousers formerly worn by military officers as part of the dress uniform.
8.
the scarlet color of hunting pinks.
adjective, pinker, pinkest.
9.
of the color pink: pink marble.
10.
Slang: Disparaging. holding, or regarded as holding, mildly leftist views, especially in politics.
Idioms
11.
tickled pink. tickle ( def 10 ).

Origin:
1565–75; origin uncertain

pinkness, noun
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pink

3 [pingk]
noun
a vessel with a pink stern.
Also, pinky.
Compare pink stern.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English pinck < Middle Dutch pinke fishing boat

pink coat

noun Fox Hunting.
the coat, usually scarlet, of the hunt uniform worn by the staff and by male members of the hunt.
Also called pinks.


Origin:
1855–60

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pink1 (pɪŋk)
 
n
1.  any of a group of colours with a reddish hue that are of low to moderate saturation and can usually reflect or transmit a large amount of light; a pale reddish tint
2.  pink cloth or clothing: dressed in pink
3.  See also carnation any of various Old World plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus, such as D. plumarius (garden pink), cultivated for their fragrant flowers
4.  any of various plants of other genera, such as the moss pink
5.  the flower of any of these plants
6.  the highest or best degree, condition, etc (esp in the phrases in the pink of health, in the pink)
7.  a.  a huntsman's scarlet coat
 b.  a huntsman who wears a scarlet coat
 
adj
8.  of the colour pink
9.  informal (Brit) left-wing
10.  derogatory (US)
 a.  sympathetic to or influenced by Communism
 b.  leftist or radical, esp half-heartedly
11.  informal of or relating to homosexuals or homosexuality: the pink vote
12.  (of a huntsman's coat) scarlet or red
 
vb
13.  (intr) another word for knock
 
[C16 (the flower), C18 (the colour): perhaps a shortening of pinkeye]
 
'pinkish1
 
adj
 
'pinkness1
 
n
 
'pinky1
 
adj

pink2 (pɪŋk)
 
vb
1.  to prick lightly with a sword or rapier
2.  to decorate (leather, cloth, etc) with a perforated or punched pattern
3.  to cut with pinking shears
 
[C14: perhaps of Low German origin; compare Low German pinken to peck]

pink3 (pɪŋk)
 
n
a sailing vessel with a narrow overhanging transom
 
[C15: from Middle Dutch pinke, of obscure origin]

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pink
1570s, common name of Dianthus, a garden plant of various colors. Attribution to "pale rose color" first recorded 1733 (pink-coloured is recorded from 1681). The plant name is perhaps from pink (v.) via notion of "perforated" petals, or from Du. pink "small" (see pinkie),
from the term pinck oogen "half-closed eyes," lit. "small eyes," which was borrowed into Eng. (1575) and may have been used as a name for Dianthus, which sometimes has pale red flowers. The flower meaning led to a figurative use for "the flower" or finest example of anything (e.g. Mercutio's "Nay, I am the very pinck of curtesie," Rom. & Jul. II.iv.61). Pink slip "discharge notice" is first recorded 1915. Pink-eye "contagious eye infection" first recorded 1882, Amer.Eng. Pink collar in reference to jobs generally held by women first attested 1977. To see pink elephants "hallucinate from alcoholism" first recorded 1913 in Jack London's "John Barleycorn."

pink
c.1307, "pierce, stab, make holes in," perhaps from a Romanic stem *pinc- (cf. Fr. piquer, Sp. picar), from L. pungere "to pierce, prick" (see pungent). Surviving mainly in pinking shears.
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