pink

Anything pink is colored a shade that's a combination of red and white. Young girls are traditionally dolled up in pink outfits, until they eventually rebel and refuse to wear pink as tweens.

The color pink varies from a soft, pastel shade to a bold, bright one — but they're all a lighter version of red, or red with some white added. Many flowers are pink, and there are even a few known as pinks, or garden pinks. If your doctor tells you you're "in the pink" after your checkup, she means you're very healthy. The word began as the flower name, probably from Dutch, in which pink means "small."

Primary Meanings of pink

1.
adjn
of a light shade of red
a light shade of red
2.
n
any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers
3.
n
a person with mildly leftist political views
4.
v
make light, repeated taps on a surface
5.
v
sound like a car engine that is firing too early
Full Definitions of pink
1

adj of a light shade of red

Synonyms:
pinkish
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

n a light shade of red

Types:
show 7 types...
hide 7 types...
pinkness
the quality of being pink
carnation
a pink or reddish-pink color
rose, rosiness
a dusty pink color
purplish pink, solferino
a pink dye that was discovered in 1859, the year a battle was fought at Solferino
apricot, peach, salmon pink, yellowish pink
a shade of pink tinged with yellow
coral
a variable color averaging a deep pink
old rose
a greyish-pink color
Type of:
chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
a color that has hue
2

n any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers

Synonyms:
garden pink
Types:
show 9 types...
hide 9 types...
Dianthus barbatus, sweet William
Eurasian pink widely cultivated for its flat-topped dense clusters of varicolored flowers
Dianthus caryophyllus, carnation, clove pink, gillyflower
Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
Dianthus chinensis, china pink, rainbow pink
Chinese pink with deeply toothed rose-lilac flowers with a purplish eye; usually raised as an annual
Dianthus deltoides, maiden pink
low-growing loosely mat-forming Eurasian pink with a single pale pink flower with a crimson center
Diangus gratianopolitanus, cheddar pink
mat-forming perennial of central Europe with large fragrant pink or red flowers
Dianthus latifolius, button pink
much-branched pink with flowers in clusters; closely related to sweet William
Dianthus plumarius, cottage pink, grass pink
European pink cultivated for its very fragrant pink or rosy flowers
Dianthus supurbus, fringed pink
Eurasian perennial pink having fragrant lilac or rose flowers with deeply fringed margins
Dianthus chinensis heddewigii, Japanese pink
a flowering variety of China pink distinguished by jagged-edged petals
Type of:
flower
a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
3

n a person with mildly leftist political views

Synonyms:
pinko
Type of:
collectivist, left-winger, leftist
a person who belongs to the political left
4

v make light, repeated taps on a surface

Synonyms:
knock, rap, tap
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v cut in a zigzag pattern with pinking shears, in sewing

Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
5

v sound like a car engine that is firing too early

“The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded”
Synonyms:
knock, ping
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.