ink
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR: ĭngk, IPA: /ɪŋk/
  • (GA, pre-/ŋ/ tensing), IPA: /iŋk/
Noun

ink (uncountable)

  1. A pigment (or dye)-based fluid used for writing, printing etc.
    • While I was waiting for him in the Matted Gallery, a young man was most finely working in Indian inke the great picture of the King and Queen sitting [{{w
  2. (countable) A particular type, color or container of this fluid.
  3. The black or dark-colored fluid ejected by squid, octopus etc, as a protective strategy.
  4. (slang, uncountable) Publicity.
    Synonyms: ballyhoo, flak, hoopla, hype, plug, spotlight
    The TSA has been getting a lot of ink lately.
    • 1999, Washington Post (4 June 1999)
      [Judith] Hope [...] has been getting ink by the barrelful with her regular interviews quoting conversations with the first lady, on subjects ranging from Senate ambitions to summer and post-White House living arrangements.
  5. (slang, uncountable) Tattoo work.
    Synonyms: paint
    • 1998, The Offspring, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) (song)
      Now he's getting a tattoo. / Yeah, he's getting ink done. / He asked for a 13, / But they drew a 31.
  6. (slang) Cheap red wine.
Translations Translations Verb

ink (inks, present participle inking; past and past participle inked)

  1. (transitive) To apply ink to; to cover or smear with ink.
  2. (transitive) To sign (a contract or similar document).
  3. (transitive) To apply a tattoo to (someone).
  4. (intransitive, of a squid or octopus) to eject ink (sense 3)
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