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pinky1

[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, plural pinkies.
1.
pink3 .
Origin of pinky1
1830-1840
1830-40; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink pink3

pinky2

[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, plural pinkies.
1.
pinkie1 .

pinkie1

or pinky

[ping-kee] /ˈpɪŋ ki/
noun, Informal.
1.
the little finger.
Origin
1585-95; < Dutch pinkie, dialectal variant of pinkje, diminutive of pink little finger
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  • And pinky turned the corner of a small street that led away from the more crowded thoroughfare along which they had been passing.

    Cast Adrift T. S. Arthur
  • His pinky toe was first to enter, Then the big toe, front and center.

  • Its tiny face was translucent, pinky white, the closed eyelids with their fringe of fine lashes inconceivably delicate.

    Prairie Gold Various
  • As soon as you have the work done, pinky and Cheyne can take the stuff on shore.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • pinky, you're talking the way they did at that tea you gave for father and me when we visited New York last winter.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for pinky

pinkie

/ˈpɪŋkɪ/
noun (pl) -ies
1.
(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 pinky
adj.

"pinkish," late 18c., from pink (n.) + -y (2).

pinkie

n.

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

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pinky in Medicine

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for pinky

pinky

modifier

: pinky ring

noun

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

Related Terms

play stinky-pinky

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

Pinky

noun

(also Pink) Nickname for a red-headed person (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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