Definition of pinkie in English:



  • 1The little finger.

    ‘bring the thumb and pinkie up until they are upright’
    [as modifier] ‘you're skinnier than my pinky finger!’
    • ‘I bet I could get my pinkie all the way in to the first knuckle.’
    • ‘The man across the table wearing a fur coat and had very long nails on his pinkies.’
    • ‘He'd tear apart the whole city in fury if his granddaughter gets even a little scratch on her pinkie.’
    • ‘The nails on her pinkie and index finger were crushed.’
    • ‘Scraping those last lipstick remnants out the tube with your pinkie is one way to stretch your lip color.’
    • ‘On a normal keyboard, the resting position for my left hand has my pinkie and ring finger touching the side of the keyboard.’
    • ‘He sticks his pinkie fingers in his mouth and whistles.’
    • ‘On the pinkie of her right hand she wears a large yellow jade stone set in diamonds, a traditional symbol worn by rich people to protect themselves from swindles.’
    • ‘Lynn nodded and twirled her brown hair around her pinkie finger.’
    • ‘Taylor continues ranting a bit longer, winding a strand of bleach-blond hair around her pinkie.’
    • ‘You watch a movie from 10 years ago, and people have cell phones the size of their heads, while now they're the size of their pinkies.’
    • ‘She pushed her sunglasses up on her short hair, licked her pinkie, and rubbed her viewing lens.’
    • ‘Gill had surgery on a broken pinkie on his left, non-shooting hand.’
    • ‘Kath held out her pinkie and Chloe hooked fingers with her.’
    • ‘Her arms were crossed and her hands were curled in a fist, palm up, with her thumbs and pinkies sticking out.’
    • ‘All of his fingernails are short and dirty, except for the nail on his right pinkie, which is clean and long.’
    • ‘The two little girls locked pinkies, looked at each other, kissed their fist, spit on the ground, and kicked sand over it.’
    • ‘He's got a lived-in face and a diamond on his pinkie the size of the Ritz.’
    • ‘Roy smiles, and points his left hand at me, the pinkie and ring finger extended and others curled in.’
    • ‘She chewed grimly on the fingernail of her little pinkie, narrowing her eyebrows in frustration.’
  • 2US derogatory A term used by black people for a white person.

  • 3The maggot of the greenbottle fly, used as fishing bait.

  • 4Australian dated [mass noun] Cheap or home-made wine.


Early 19th century: pinkie partly from Dutch pinkje the little finger, reinforced by pink.