Main definitions of pink in US English:

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adjective

  • 1Of a color intermediate between red and white, as of coral or salmon.

    ‘bright pink lipstick’
    ‘her healthy pink cheeks’
    • ‘On closer inspection, I noticed that his tail was droopy, and one of this back legs seems to be very pink under the white socks.’
    • ‘You get a very intense light coming off these clouds as the sun reflects on them, with colours of bright pink yellow and intense white at the core.’
    • ‘Everything remains white, less a pink shag rug, and two paintings of Lower East Side landscapes from an artist I met at a bar.’
    • ‘Her glass carriage was drawn by four white horses decorated with pink plumage and two coach men dressed in white suits, pink ties and top hats.’
    • ‘With its pink colour, it was originally intended as the definitive women's drink, though that role is now occupied by the rather less prosaic Red Bull and vodka.’
    • ‘The walls were painted a pale almost fleshy pink colour (what might be described as anaemic salmon).’
    • ‘Hot pink hearts on white paper are always a big hit.’
    • ‘Skin white as porcelain and rosy pink cheeks, not too distinct, dances in the light.’
    • ‘The skin should be smooth and have a white or light pink colour.’
    • ‘She had snow white skin, pink cheeks, and coal black hair.’
    • ‘My nose is an attractive pink colour, as are my cheeks.’
    • ‘I have chuckled at conservative white men in pink shorts.’
    • ‘We are standing in a spacious kitchen painted a dusky pink colour that, were it a lipstick or nail varnish, would be called Plum Beautiful or Berry Sorbet.’
    • ‘Remove the pink corals from the white scallops then wrap strips of smoked salmon round the sides of the scallops.’
    • ‘Some of the later flowering hybrids are more unusual in their colour with pink trumpets and white petals.’
    • ‘Bear in mind, too, that the rosy pink colour of this product is produced by feeding the fish chemical dye.’
    • ‘Walker, wearing a light pink skirt and white shirt, showed little emotion as her sentence was read out at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.’
    • ‘It was made from felt or something - light pink flesh coloured stuffed material with brown curls fanning out.’
    • ‘Maureen Brennan was the height of summer fashion in a beautiful white skirt and pink top.’
    • ‘I turned back to the mirror, taking in my smoky eyes and light pink lipstick, with rosy cheeks.’
    rosy, rose, rose-coloured, rosé, pale red, salmon, salmon-pink, shell-pink
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    1. 1.1 (of wine) rosé.
      • ‘If you are still not convinced about pink wine, then what about a terrific red with a name that suggests it's a rosé?’
      • ‘A good rose is hard to find and this will satisfy many who like to drink a pink wine with buffets and Oriental meals.’
      • ‘I would recommend it to anyone… along with the pink champagne they serve there.’
      • ‘If I gave the cork count when I met a participant there was always a giggle and a comment ‘only the finest pink champagne’.’
      • ‘Maybe it wasn't all pink champagne and roses last night after all.’
      • ‘Make it pink champagne, girlfriend - because you're worth it.’
      • ‘The pink wine is favored in that sun-basked region for its refreshing crispness and ability to pair up with a wide variety of foods.’
      • ‘Eventually, the trucker is seduced into turning up at a motel with a bottle of pink champagne, expecting to find the sexy chick from the CB.’
      • ‘If you really want to see each other through rose-coloured spectacles this February 14th, you could opt for pink champagne.’
      • ‘‘Blah, blah, blah,’ muttered Texas behind her tall glass filled with hot pink champagne.’
      • ‘The good news is that just as still pink wines have become respectable over the past decade, slowly so has rosé champagne, with more care taken over its production.’
      • ‘For my own part, I cannot remember ever tasting so many bottles of pink wine.’
      • ‘There we dined on charcuterie, cheese, fish and humous accompanied by a variety of fresh breads and pink champagne with strawberries.’
      • ‘Smith concurs when it comes to upping his inventory of salmon-coral and deep hued pink wines.’
      • ‘Today I watched her eat an entire tub of cottage cheese and drink three glasses of pink Champagne.’
      • ‘Is the Bordeaux area too grand to produce a popular, everyday pink wine?’
      • ‘Today, pink wine sales are increasing in France and the United States, as well as in Britain.’
      • ‘Spain also takes pink wines seriously - so seriously that it has at least two names for them, depending on the intensity of the colour.’
      • ‘She could pour pink champagne in her CPU and I'd open it up and take a blow dryer to it without a grousing word.’
      • ‘The bad news this year is that the pink champagne of choice is harder to find than usual.’
  • 2informal, derogatory Having or showing left-wing tendencies.

    ‘pale pink politics’
    • ‘However, the pink revolution failed with the victory of a hardliner.’
  • 3Of or associated with homosexuals.

    ‘a boom in the pink economy’
    • ‘There is a massive wedding market in the Borders and a lot of hotels are going to try and cash in on the pink pound.’
    • ‘The Liverpool Echo reports local officials want a share of the pink pound, money spent by gay and lesbian visitors.’
    • ‘I'm fed up with this convenient courting of the pink pound - I don't want to be equal just because I'm financially valuable!’
    • ‘The pink pound is about to gain more currency in Scotland.’
    • ‘As one of the first people to spot the potential of the pink pound, he and his company were all over the gay papers which, just as soon as they discovered his photogenic looks, were all over him.’
    • ‘As consumers, gay men are unusually powerful - the pink pound and so on.’
    • ‘It is surely the last thing the tourism industry needs as it chases the pink pound, and every shade of pound, too, for that matter.’
    • ‘Otherwise, it will remain an Irish Sicily, loyal to the half-crown when it should be chasing the pink pound.’
    • ‘A pink triangle was for men charged with acts of homosexuality.’
    • ‘Number of pink pounds in their income: 60 billion, according to Barclays Bank.’
    • ‘The bank likes to brag about how much business it turns down and the pink pound is likely to be far more valuable than the radical Christian pound, anyway.’
    • ‘On the other, the victim gays seek to deny the power of the pink pound and prefer to present gays as poor and downtrodden.’
    • ‘Bent The film version of Martin Sherman's searing stage play stars Clive Owen as a gay inmate of Dachau who denies his homosexuality and is given a yellow rather than a pink star to wear.’
    • ‘Scottish businesses are gearing up to cash in on the pink pound at the country's first ever gay-only wedding exhibition.’
    • ‘Punters cashing in their pink pounds to the sound of second-rate pop groups is not really my thing.’
    • ‘Perhaps more importantly, the realisation that both the pink pound and pocket money were untapped, encouraged the wave of celebrity media around today.’
    • ‘Manchester city council also realised the potential value of the pink pound and the importance of specialist events for attracting tourists.’
    • ‘But, shopping with, or indeed for, those paying with the pink pound, is certainly an amusing experience.’
    • ‘Since the late 1990s event organisers have attempted to cash in on the pink economy.’

noun

  • 1Pink color, material, or pigment.

    ‘she looks good in pink’
    • ‘Containers are planted with geraniums and petunias in Ann's favorite colors - pink, lavender, and cerise.’
    • ‘Years ago I read Desmond Morris's The Soccer Tribe which said that no football team will ever play in pink because it makes them look a like a bunch of, well, blokes wearing pink.’
    • ‘Looking pretty in pink, the newly voted Mum of the Year was besieged by the paparazzi at every turn.’
    • ‘I found a story about the FCC decision in The Financial Times - which also provided a lovely peachy pink for the color.’
    • ‘If you happened to be patronising the inns of Kendal on Friday, you no doubt will have noticed a rather merry group of women dressed head-to-toe in pink.’
    • ‘The room is baby pink, not the color I would have chosen, but hey, I can't really be picky.’
    • ‘Katie glared at her, she absolutely hated the color pink.’
    • ‘And of course, as I'm all girl, I had to buy them in pink.’
    • ‘The bundles will retail for £100 and made be available in pink or blue - says it all, really - giving the machine the same hue as toilet paper.’
    • ‘They come in pink, crimson and magenta, but my favourites are the blues.’
    • ‘She wore a long v-neck gown with long sleeves that touched the ground and in the sparkling color of pink.’
    • ‘She's a princess in pink, dripping with gold and crowned with a glittering tiara.’
    • ‘We watched in anticipation each evening as the sun was swallowed by the horizon, gratified time and again by a dazzle of reds, pinks, oranges and purples and that evasive flash of green.’
    • ‘I'll make them regret assuming their best friend is gay simply because he doesn't object to the color pink!’
    • ‘They will bloom in pink for Louise and Gemma and in blue for Hayley because it was her favourite colour.’
    • ‘What's happening to the world, when the color pink comes back in style?’
    • ‘The light pink was a nice color as well and I think the fabric was silk but at that moment I really didn't care.’
    • ‘You realize that contact with the dread color pink does not actually make a man weak, or a woman, either.’
    • ‘The living room was carpeted in pink and 2 beige sofas with blue pillows lined the corner.’
    • ‘Ruffled clothes and the color pink really didn't suit me.’
    • ‘Becca's room, which the girl had proudly shown him, was sort of the same shade, but in pink.’
    • ‘Three tiny girls in pink with big beady eyes can these days be seen running around school corridors in Delhi.’
    • ‘As darkness drew near I joyfully and thankfully watched the pinks, purples, blues and golden colors of the sky melt together into a picture-perfect sunset.’
    • ‘Important colors include strong hot pink, turquoise and lime green, as well as black, beige and khaki.’
    • ‘Darcy didn't put any accessories by it, for the color of the pink was enough.’
    • ‘Ever since discovering eBay I have known that there were some rare issues of my suitcase in pink.’
    • ‘I rushed upstairs, to find pretty bedrooms, in pink!’
    • ‘A younger woman dressed completely in pink followed her into the room.’
    • ‘The best bets for backing are highlighted blue and for laying in pink.’
    • ‘Tessa Skara, dressed in pink, was the first to take to the dimly lit stage.’
    • ‘I didn't know that many things came in the color pink, he mused irritably.’
    • ‘Each game giving way to more games until the sky turned an orange-red color with streaks of pink, as the way the sky would in the evening when the sun is about to set.’
    • ‘She takes off her dress revealing a one piece bathing suit colored pink.’
    • ‘If the color pink angers visiting teams, it only serves to make them more adversarial, not less.’
    • ‘A few seconds later, a girl wearing a helmet and clad in pink on a Honda Activa smiled at me and stopped near me and said ‘Hi!’’
    • ‘She even has the perfect size lips that stay the perfect color pink.’
    • ‘I smiled, watching her face go from the color pink to red.’
    • ‘Her eyes widened a bit when she saw that the room was colored a light pink with dashes of dark purple and black here and there around the room.’
    • ‘The setting sun had already turned the eastern peaks a deep pink - a pink that was growing redder by the minute.’
    • ‘Similar pigments occur in pink, red, and, surprisingly, blue petals.’
    1. 1.1 The red clothing or material worn by fox hunters.
      • ‘Just when hunting pink is to be outlawed, cagoule red is being given the green light today, with armies of walkers now allowed to wander across ‘private’ property’
      • ‘Banning battery farming would do a lot more good than banning hunting, but there isn't the emotional punch of watching Otis cry because he'll have to donate his hunting pink to Oxfam.’
      • ‘And unless it is granted, there will still be possible mayhem in hunting pink during the election campaign.’
      • ‘More than 1,200 of them including farmers, gamekeepers and riders in hunting pink warned that their action was the start of a ‘summer of discontent’ to highlight opposition in the countryside to the threatened ban.’
  • 2The best condition or degree.

    ‘the economy is not in the pink of health’
    • ‘The good news is that Dato Star is in the pink of condition.’
    • ‘Island Tina trained by Seamus Graham was sent away the 6/4 favourite but she was unfortunate to come up against Peter Spice in the pink of condition.’
    • ‘Its weight was 20 lb and it was in the pink of condition with a splendid coat.’
    • ‘Kaikini is pushing 75, and not in the pink of health either.’
    • ‘Suncroft owner Willie Delaney, really has his string in the pink of condition at the present time and is fast becoming a sprint specialist.’
    • ‘The Congress veteran, K. Karunakaran's passion for politics is matched only by his keenness for keeping in the pink of health.’
    • ‘You will also be in the pink of health and will receive money or jewellery.’
    • ‘You will be in the pink of health and will experience an increase in wealth.’
    • ‘Batting-wise, Atapattu has been in the pink of cricketing health.’
    • ‘The one other individual sport where India has traditionally made its presence felt at the international level, tennis, is not exactly in the pink of health.’
    • ‘Quite obviously, Weeraratne is in the pink of cricketing health right now and the Anthonians would surely have marked him down for early extinction.’
    • ‘If the last season was one in which all the batsmen were in the pink of form, the present season has shown them in terrible light with nobody able to hit the straps.’
    • ‘Instead, we are greeted by our waitress, Sandra, a student of literature in the pink of health.’
    • ‘Pink is your colour this week, as you will be in the pink of health.’
    • ‘An unseen intruder tries to pull the plug on his life-support system but the guy is a lousy assassin - instead of dying, Alexander wakes up, attractive, rumpled and pretty much in the pink of physical health.’
    • ‘It is everybody's knowledge that the construction sector is not in the pink of health.’
    • ‘To make sure that your most prized rose garden is in the pink or even red of their health, simply follow these tips on rose care dealing with most of their health dilemma.’
    prime, perfection, best, finest, top form, height, highest level, upper limit, limit
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Phrases

  • in the pink

    • informal In very good health and spirits.

      • ‘It kept them in the pink, as all exercise does, even if they did not win a prize at a meet.’
      • ‘For many firms, health care design is in the pink.’
      • ‘A few changes to your eating habits, like avoiding fried and other fat-laden foods, can keep those tiny penile arteries clog-free - and keep you in the pink.’
      • ‘One of Bradford's biggest professional firms is in the pink after snapping-up a Leeds-based rival.’
      • ‘This keeps doctors in the pink, so to speak, and gives the sisters opportunity to discuss at length which medicos hands are colder than the others.’
      • ‘But something tells me, despite all the vicissitudes, setbacks and struggles of a long career, that she will still be in the pink.’
      • ‘Mr Ramsden said today: ‘We are absolutely in the pink now it's back.’’
      • ‘But you know, usually with a little extra TLC and a lot of extra sleep hopefully; dads take note, most news moms start to feel pretty much in the pink within a couple of weeks.’
      • ‘The hope is that when markets finally bounce they will be back in the pink.’
      • ‘On the football side, however, Arbroath this season have simply been in the pink.’
      in good health, in perfect health, very healthy, very well, hale and hearty, bursting with health, in rude health
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  • turn (or go) pink

    • Blush.

      • ‘Katherine's face turned pink, causing her green eyes to glow.’
      • ‘The girl went pink in the face when Rae talked back.’
      • ‘Then Sara watched him watch her, her cheeks flushing and his ears turning pink.’
      • ‘The immense, treelike Trina Mack stood up next, her tan face gorgeous as it turned pink with a blush.’
      • ‘He missed a race and went pink with embarrassment then red with anger after being escorted off Knavesmire by burly security guards following an alleged hand-bag snatch.’
      • ‘She bit her lip to stop the amused smile from spreading when he blushed at her playfulness, answering as his cheeks went pink.’
      • ‘I greeted him cheerily and his face turned pink, which, I remember, didn't go well at all with the green and blue.’
      • ‘She blushed a bit, her pale skin turning pink around her cheeks.’
      • ‘Well I was all ready to tell my story, when I saw him, a new face in that common crowd, he was a really cute guy and as I saw him, I blushed my cheeks turning pink, and I knew he was the one.’
      • ‘Gabrielle's pale face went pink but she quickly looked away.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from pink, the early use of the adjective being to describe the color of the flowers of this plant.

Pronunciation

pink

/pɪŋk//piNGk/

Main definitions of pink in US English:

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noun

  • A herbaceous Eurasian plant with sweet-smelling pink or white flowers and slender, typically gray-green leaves.

    Genus Dianthus, family Caryophyllaceae (the pink family). This family includes the campions, chickweeds, stitchworts, and the cultivated carnations. See also clove (sense 3)

    • ‘A brief overview of the different characteristics of carnations, pinks, and sweet Williams will perhaps help you to make wise choices for your garden.’
    • ‘These included lilacs, lindens, Virginia creeper, marigolds, sunflowers, honeysuckle, pinks, and daisies.’
    • ‘Grape hyacinths, Pulmonaria, rock cress, azaleas, lilacs, wallflowers and pinks furnish nectar in early and mid-spring.’
    • ‘As edging plants I'd use chives, compact Alpine strawberries and edible flowers such as old-fashioned pinks, violas and marigolds.’
    • ‘Don't plant daisies, pinks, dianthus and carnations.’

Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps short for pink eye, literally ‘small or half-shut eye’; compare with the synonymous French word oeillet, literally ‘little eye’.

Pronunciation

pink

/piNGk//pɪŋk/

Main definitions of pink in US English:

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Cut a scalloped or zigzag edge on.

    ‘a bonnet with pinked edging’
    • ‘Fancier edge stitches could include binding with Lycra, blanket stitch, pinking, overcast with the serger, or turning under and stitching.’
    • ‘Ornamental gauntlets with swirling embroidery and pinked edges were patented by F. Farrant.’
    1. 1.1 Pierce or nick (someone) slightly with a weapon or missile.
  • 2archaic Decorate.

    ‘April pinked the earth with flowers’

Origin

Early 16th century (in the sense ‘pierce or nick slightly’): compare with Low German pinken ‘strike, peck’.

Pronunciation

pink

/piNGk//pɪŋk/

Main definitions of pink in US English:

: pink1pink2pink3pink4pink5pink6

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noun

historical
  • A small square-rigged sailing ship, typically with a narrow, overhanging stern.

    • ‘A pink was a sailing ship with a narrow stern, originally small and flat-bottomed.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from Middle Dutch pin(c)ke, of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Spanish pinque and Italian pinco.

Pronunciation

pink

/piNGk//pɪŋk/

Main definitions of pink in US English:

: pink1pink2pink3pink4pink5pink6

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verb

[no object]British
  • (of a vehicle engine) make a series of rattling sounds as a result of over-rapid combustion of the fuel–air mixture in the cylinders.

    ‘the car was inclined to pink slightly in accelerating from a low engine speed’
    • ‘Eventually I gave up trying to accelerate hard because the engine started pinking, which seemed to get worse as time went by, so maybe it was running below par.’
    • ‘Between lines, Tioxide is not denying that TC30 could cause pinking but considers it is Hydropolymer's problem not ours’.’
    • ‘This is known as pinking, and can be identified by a knocking sound coming from the engine.’

Origin

Early 20th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

pink

/piNGk//pɪŋk/

Main definitions of pink in US English:

: pink1pink2pink3pink4pink5pink6

pink6

noun

dated
  • A yellowish lake pigment made by combining vegetable coloring matter with a white base.

Origin

Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

pink

/piNGk//pɪŋk/