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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪŋki/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋki

Etymology 1[edit]

From pink +‎ -y.


pinky (comparative pinkier, superlative pinkiest)

  1. Pinkish.


pinky (countable and uncountable, plural pinkies)

  1. (uncountable, historical, slang, Australia) Methylated spirits mixed with red wine or Condy's crystals.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage, published 2007, page 262:
      “Here,” Nigel greeted him, “do try a spot of ‘pinky,’ it's ever so much fun, really.”
  2. A baby mouse, especially when used as food for a snake, etc.
  3. (offensive, slang, ethnic slur) A white person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:white person
  4. (Australia, informal) The Australasian snapper or pink snapper (Chrysophrys auratus).
    • 2001 May 3, Lindsay Vincent, “Re: snapper fishing in Victoria”, in[1] (Usenet):
      You may get some pinkies around the Black Rock area, but the snapper *run* is normally from late October to mid January, although it sounds like the odd adult fish is still lurking..
  5. (historical) A kind of fishing schooner of New England.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch pinkje, diminutive of Dutch pink (little finger). Cognate with West Frisian pinke (pinky), dialectal English pink (something small or tiny), and perhaps to Old English pinca (a point). Compare also German Low German Pink (penis), English pintle (penis).


pinky (plural pinkies)

  1. (US, Canada, Scotland, Australia, informal) The smallest finger or toe of a hand or foot.
    • 2003, Billoo Badhshah, The Unofficial Joke Book of Australia, page 126:
      Everyday [sic] as he passes them, the hookers wave at him with their pinkies and say, “Hi there, little boy!”
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Etymology 3[edit]

pink +‎ -y, from pink (to wink).


pinky (comparative pinkier, superlative pinkiest)

  1. winking

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