tink

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tinken, of imitative origin. Compare ting.

Verb[edit]

tink (third-person singular simple present tinks, present participle tinking, simple past and past participle tinked)

  1. To emit a high-pitched sharp or metallic noise.
    Jimmy heard the bells tink.
    • Wycliff's Bible, 1 Corinthians xiii (quoted in Medieval English Verse and Prose, 1948, by Loomis & Willard)
      If I speak with tongues of men and of angels, and I have not charity, I am made as brass sounding or a cymbal tinking.
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Noun[edit]

tink (plural tinks)

  1. (dated) A sharp, quick sound; a tinkle.

Etymology 2[edit]

knit spelled backwards.

Verb[edit]

tink (third-person singular simple present tinks, present participle tinking, simple past and past participle tinked)

  1. (knitting, slang, transitive) To unknit.
    • Amy Lane, A Knitter in His Natural Habitat (page 48)
      Stanley knitted when he should have purled and swore, tinking the knitting back to fix the flaw.
    • 2006, Heather Dixon, Not Your Mama's Knitting (page 89)
      If the stitch you need to fix is on the last or previous row, a bit of unknitting, or “tinking” as it is known by some knitters, is all that is needed to get back to the point where you can mend your mistake.

Etymology 3[edit]

Shortened from tinker.

Noun[edit]

tink (plural tinks)

  1. (chiefly Britain and Ireland, offensive) A member of the travelling community. A gypsy.
    • 2000, David Brian Plummer, Merle: The Start of Dynasty, ISBN 0953364844, page 11:
      'Most have white eyes, which ain't natural in any beast, tame or wild, and they are considered unlucky - the tinks calls 'em moonpies, and most will avoid settling on farms where they are kept.
    • 2014, Alastair Macleod, The Traveller's Tale, ISBN 3730914812:
      Her family had a name that marked them out as tinks, only they weren't tinks anymore.
    • 2015, Andrew O'Hagan, The Illuminations, ISBN 9780571273676, page 47:
      'Well, you should feel right at home,' Flannigan said. 'You love a bit of thieving, you and the rest of the fucken tinks you grew up with in the Emerald Toilet.'

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Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English think.

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tink

  1. think