Main definitions of pink-eye in English

: pink-eye1pink-eye2



mass noun
  • 1Conjunctivitis in humans and some livestock.

    • ‘So far I've managed to avoid getting pink eye and head lice.’
    • ‘My daughter went to the doctor and was diagnosed with pink eye and a sinus infection.’
    • ‘The viruses that cause herpes and pink eye thrive on moist, inanimate objects - making a pot of lip gloss, foundation, or eye shadow a perfect breeding ground.’
    • ‘Symptoms of pink eye can include redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, itching of the eye, a gritty feeling in the eye, pain and increased tear production.’
    • ‘The daycare has gently reminded me that pink eye is a stay-at-home-sickness which usually lasts about a week.’
    • ‘Touching your eye with germy fingers is a great way to get a cold or nasty eye infection such as pink eye.’
    • ‘Normally, pink eye will go away on its own, but in severe cases people will need antibiotics or other medical treatment.’
    • ‘Four percent of patients who were on acne medication contracted pink eye, compared to 2 percent for the normal population.’
    • ‘By her own admission, she's already given everyone pink eye.’
    • ‘I had drug-resistant pink eye in the spring, and it was hell.’
  • 2A viral disease of horses, symptoms of which include fever, abortion, and redness of the eyes.

    The virus belongs to the genus Arterivirus

    • ‘The horse disease known as "pink eye" has at last reached this city, and is causing the street railroad company especially a great deal of inconvenience.’
    • ‘The medicine is successfully used with quick healing results for Pink Eye and conjunctivitis in horses and cattle.’
    • ‘Pink eye in horses is more serious than in humans and can easily lead to blindness.’



/ˈpɪŋk ʌɪ/

Main definitions of pink-eye in English

: pink-eye1pink-eye2


(also pink-hi)


  • 1A journey undertaken by an Aborigine in order to withdraw temporarily from white society and return to a more traditional lifestyle.

    ‘they had quit their station jobs, and had gone on a hunting walkabout and a pink-eye’
    • ‘I discovered that the blacks insisted on a "pink-hi" or walkabout season - they could not live without it.’
    1. 1.1 (in extended use) a holiday or festivity.
      ‘this year picnic was obviously going to be a successful pink-eye’
      • ‘I heard it was quite a pink-eye.’
      • ‘Pearlers crowd away for a holiday — known as a 'pink-eye' in nor-west slang.’


Late 19th century: from Aboriginal pinkayi, from pinka ‘hunting’.