Pinks: common minnows






  • Unknown. Some lexicographers suggest comparison to regional German Pinke, but this is not widely accepted.
  • Borrowed from Middle Dutch pincke.
  • Probably from Dutch pingelen ("to do fine needlework") or Low German; compare Low German pinken ("hit, peck") and Pinke.
  • Origin Unknown; perhaps from Dutch pincken ("blink") or the English verb pink from the same source (Etymology 6, below). Perhaps from the notion of the petals being pinked (Etymology 3, above).
  • Borrowed from Dutch pinken.
  • Unknown. Attested from the late 15th century.

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