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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pink
A vessel with a very narrow stern; -- called also pinky.

Etymology: D. pink

verb Pink
To wink; to blink.

Etymology: D. pinken pinkoogen, to blink, twinkle with the eyes

adjective Pink
Half-shut; winking.
verb Pink
Senses
  1. To pierce with small holes; to cut the edge of, as cloth or paper, in small scallops or angles.
  2. To stab; to pierce as with a sword.
  3. To choose; to cull; to pick out.(Obs)

Etymology: OE. pinken to prick, probably a nasalized form of pick

noun Pink
A stab.
noun Pink
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  1. [Bot] A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus, and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx.
  2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red with more or less white; -- so called from the common color of the flower.
  3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection of something."The very pinkof courtesy." [Shak.]
  4. [Zoöl] The European minnow; -- so called from the color of its abdomen in summer.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: Perh. akin to pick; as if the edges of the petals were picked out. Cf. Pink (v. t.)

adjective Pink
Resembling the garden pink in color; of the color called pinksee 6th Pink, 2); as, a pink dress; pink ribbons.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A light shade of red
  2. A person with mildly leftist political views
  3. Any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers
  4. Cut in a zigzag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing
  5. Sound like a car engine that is firing too early ("The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded")
  6. Make light, repeated taps on a surface
  7. Of a light shade of red
Wiktionary
Pinks: common minnows
  1. (regional) The common minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus. [from 15th c.]
  2. (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, before it becomes a smolt; a parr. [from 17th c.]

Origin unknown.

  1. (regional) The common minnow, Phoxinus phoxinus. [from 15th c.]
  2. (regional) A young Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, before it becomes a smolt; a parr. [from 17th c.]

Borrowing from Middle Dutch pincke.

  1. (now historical) A narrow boat. [from 15th c.]

Probably from Low Dutch or Low German [Term?]; compare Low German pinken (“hit, peck”).

  1. A stab.
Pinks: carnation cultivars
  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations. [from 16th c.]
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of .
  2. (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. [from 16th c.]
    Your hat, madam, is the very of fashion.
  3. The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. [from 17th c.]
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of .
  4. Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. [from 18th c.]
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points. [from 19th c.]
    Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the .
  6. (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.
Various shades of pink
  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations. [from 16th c.]
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of .
  2. (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. [from 16th c.]
    Your hat, madam, is the very of fashion.
  3. The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. [from 17th c.]
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of .
  4. Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. [from 18th c.]
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points. [from 19th c.]
    Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the .
  6. (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.

Origin unknown; perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).

  1. Any of various flowers in the genus Dianthus, sometimes called carnations. [from 16th c.]
    This garden in particular has a beautiful bed of .
  2. (dated) A perfect example; excellence, perfection; the embodiment of some quality. [from 16th c.]
    Your hat, madam, is the very of fashion.
  3. The colour of this flower, between red and white; pale red. [from 17th c.]
    My new dress is a wonderful shade of .
  4. Hunting pink; scarlet, as worn by hunters. [from 18th c.]
  5. (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 6 points. [from 19th c.]
    Oh dear, he's left himself snookered behind the .
  6. (slang) An unlettered and uncultured, but relatively prosperous, member of the middle classes; compare babbitt, bourgeoisie.

Onomatopoeic.

Borrowing from Dutch pinken.

    pink was also found in the following language(s): Chuukese, Dutch, Estonian, German, and Swedish

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    How popular is the baby name Pink in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 30 0 30
    1881 35 6 29
    1882 28 0 28
    1883 17 0 17
    1884 20 0 20
    1885 25 0 25
    1886 27 5 22
    1887 17 0 17
    1888 17 0 17
    1889 18 0 18
    1890 15 0 15
    1891 19 7 12
    1892 14 0 14
    1893 13 0 13
    1894 16 0 16
    1895 15 0 15
    1896 13 0 13
    1897 19 0 19
    1898 19 0 19
    1899 11 0 11
    1900 22 0 22
    1901 12 0 12
    1902 13 0 13
    1903 11 0 11
    1904 16 5 11
    1905 9 0 9
    1906 12 0 12
    1907 11 0 11
    1908 7 0 7
    1909 11 0 11
    1910 11 0 11
    1911 12 0 12
    1912 10 0 10
    1913 10 0 10
    1914 23 0 23
    1915 21 0 21
    1916 24 0 24
    1917 17 0 17
    1918 21 0 21
    1919 31 0 31
    1920 17 0 17
    1921 16 0 16
    1922 24 0 24
    1923 16 0 16
    1924 20 0 20
    1925 19 0 19
    1926 25 0 25
    1927 17 0 17
    1928 28 0 28
    1929 19 0 19
    1930 9 0 9
    1931 13 0 13
    1932 12 5 7
    1933 10 0 10
    1934 9 0 9
    1935 9 0 9
    1936 11 0 11
    1937 7 0 7
    1938 10 0 10
    1939 8 0 8
    1940 6 0 6
    1941 8 0 8
    1942 9 0 9
    1943 10 0 10
    1945 5 0 5
    1946 7 0 7
    1947 7 0 7
    1948 9 0 9
    1949 8 0 8
    1950 8 0 8
    1951 6 0 6
    1952 5 0 5
    1953 6 0 6
    1954 5 0 5
    1955 5 0 5
    1956 12 0 12
    1957 5 0 5
    1961 5 0 5
    2012 5 5 0
    2015 5 5 0
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    Popularity of Pink as a first name

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    Common last names for Pink

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    • Johnson
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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Pink U.S.
      White 69.16% 64.26%
      African American 23.89% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.17% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.69% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Pink

    People with the last name Pink are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Pink

    • How Popular is the name Pink? Pink is the 9,793rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Pink was the 12,089th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Pink have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,127 babies born with the first name Pink in the United States. That's more than enough people named Pink to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Pink? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 30 new born babies.
    • When was Pink first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Pink is Thursday, October 1st, 1868.
    • What year had the most people named Pink born? The highest recorded use of the first name Pink was in 1919 with a total of 31 babies.
    • Random Pink Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Pink is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1948.
    • Weird things about the name Pink: Your name in reverse order is Knip. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nikp. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Pink? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,578 people with the last name Pink.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pink? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pink as their last name since less than 1 person in 115k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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