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pink adj : of a light shade of red [syn: pinkish]


1 a light shade of red
2 any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers [syn: garden pink]


1 make light, repeated taps on a surface; "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently" [syn: tap, rap, knock]
2 sound like a car engine that is firing too early; "the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline"; "The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded" [syn: ping, knock]
3 cut in a zig-zag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing

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Etymology 1

Precise origin uncertain; perhaps shortened from pink-eye (compare French œillet).


  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations.
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of pinks.
  2. excellence, perfection
    Your hat, madam, is the very pink of fashion.
  3. hunting pink; scarlet
    • 1986: it is interesting to note the curious legend that the pink of the hunting field is not due to any optical advantage but to an entirely different reason. Formerly no man might hunt even on his own estate until he had a licence of free warren from the Crown. Consequently he merely hunted by the pleasure of the crown, taking part in what was an exclusively Royal sport by Royal permission. And for this Royal sport, he wore the Kings livery of scarlet. — Michael J O'Shea, James Joyce and Heraldry (SUNY 1986, p. 69)
  4. A colour between red and white; pale red.
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of pink.
  1. In the context of "snooker": One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 6 points.
  2. The European minnow.
  3. A young salmon.
  4. A unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.
  5. Vulva, in human females
pale red colour
Translations to be checked
Note: the flower is NOT the same as a rose - ensure that the translations for the flower name are correct


en-adj er
  1. Having a colour between red and white; pale red.
    pink colour:   
  2. Of a fox-hunter's jacket: scarlet.
  3. Having conjunctivitis.
  4. By comparison to red (communist), describing someone who sympathizes with the ideals of communism without actually being a Russian-style communist: a pinko.
    • 1976: Bhalchandra Pundlik Adarkar, The Future of the Constitution: A Critical Analysis
      The word "socialist" has so many connotations that it can cover almost anything from pink liberalism to red-red communism.
colored/coloured between red and white
having conjunctivitis
to be checked

Etymology 2

/ pin(c)ke.


  1. A narrow boat.

Etymology 3

Probably from Low Dutch or Low German; compare Low German pinken ‘hit, peck’.


  1. To decorate a piece of clothing or fabric by adding holes or by scalloping the fringe.
  2. To prick with a sword.

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Etymology 4



  1. In the context of "of a motor car": to emit a high "pinking" noise, usually as a result of ill-set spark plugs




  1. pinkie (little finger)
  2. One-year-old calf
  3. Kind of fishing boat

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Extensive Definition

Pink is a pale red color that was first recorded in the 17th century to describe the pale red flowers of pinks, flowering plants in the genus Dianthus. This color stands for beauty, grace and goodness. The color pink itself is a combination of red and white. Other tints of pink may be combinations of rose and white, magenta and white, or orange and white.
Roseus is a Latin word meaning "rosy" or "pink." Lucretius used the word to describe the dawn in his epic poem On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura). The word is also used in the binomial names of several species, such as the Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) and Catharanthus roseus.

Pale pink

At right is displayed the color pale pink, a light, desaturated shade of pink.

Pastel pink

At right is displayed the color Pastel pink. In Western culture, pastel pink is used to symbolize baby girls just as baby blue is often used to symbolize baby boys. See the section Pink in gender, below.

Web color pink

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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