fink

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fɪŋk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. First attested in 1894.[1] A connection to Yiddish as some propose is unlikely.[2]

Noun[edit]

fink (plural finks)

  1. (chiefly US, slang) A contemptible person.
  2. (chiefly US, slang) An informer.
  3. (chiefly US, slang) A strikebreaker.
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fink (third-person singular simple present finks, present participle finking, simple past and past participle finked)

  1. (chiefly US, slang) To betray a trust; to inform on.
    • 1952, Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, Penguin Books (2014), page 222:
      “I move that we determine through a thorough investigation whether the new worker is a fink or no; and if he is a fink, let us discover who heʼs finking for!”
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Etymology 2[edit]

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fink (third-person singular simple present finks, present participle fought, simple past and past participle fought)

  1. (dialectal, th-fronting) Pronunciation spelling of think.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Afrikaans vink

Noun[edit]

fink (plural finks)

  1. (South Africa) Any of several birds in the family Ploceidae native to southern Africa.

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  1. ^ “Stumpy” and Other Interesting People by George Ade published on the 17th of March 1894 in the Chicago Record in the column Stories of the Streets and of the Town. A criminal character describes it as similar to "a stiff, a skate. [Someone who] drinks and never comes up. [Someone who's] always layin' to make a touch, too."
  2. ^ Studies in Etymology and Etiology by David L. Gold, page 77/Section 5
  • fink” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • "fink" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • "fink" in the Dictionary of South African English
  • fink”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)

Albanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *spinga, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pingos (chaffinch), identical with Greek σπίγγος (spíngos, id), English spink, Old Norse spiki (kind of bird). One might also consider a borrowing from Proto-Germanic *finkiz, *finkōn (finch), possibly Balkan Gothic.

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fink m (indefinite plural finkë, definite singular finku, definite plural finkët)

  1. finch

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German vinke. Akin to English finch.

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fink m (definite singular finken, indefinite plural finker, definite plural finkene)

  1. a bird of the family Fringillidae, the finches

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German vinke. Akin to English finch.

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fink m (definite singular finken, indefinite plural finkar, definite plural finkane)

  1. a bird of the family Fringillidae, the finches

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Old High German[edit]

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fink m

  1. finch

Swedish[edit]

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fink c

  1. a finch (bird)

Declension[edit]

Declension of fink 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative fink finken finkar finkarna
Genitive finks finkens finkars finkarnas

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