Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The little finger.
  • n. Variant of pink3.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A little finger, the finger furthest on a hand from the thumb.
  • n. A little toe, the toe furthest on a foot from the thumb toe.
  • n. A bilby.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • etc. See pinky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the finger farthest from the thumb

Etymologies

Probably from Dutch pinkje, diminutive of pink, little finger.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch pink. (Wiktionary)
From Kaurna bingu. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But now I’m a little sunburnt, and my left pinkie is on strike.

    2008 August « Pennamite

  • “We did, and while it pains me to break a pinkie swear, the thing is…” I held the little pillow against me and told her everything—how I’d found Evan’s name in Kitty’s kitchen, how the police had found his number on Kitty’s caller ID.

    Goodnight Nobody

  • In a rough-and-ready sports car, it might have been fine, but it lacked the kind of pinkie-in-the-air refinement the SM deserved.

    Jalopnik

  • Known as the "pinkie" form, the application expedites enrollment of pregnant women and children into the state's free health insurance programs.

    Emaxhealth

  • Look at that pinkie of yours and know that its name is similar to the name of a ship filled with goods.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Take a black marking pen and write G-G for gris-gris on your left pinkie.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • In the time that she makes me wait (she's finishing her pinkie toe), I think about how I could learn a thing or two from her: she with the hang-loose curls on her head and liberated legs (she's wearing cut-offs).

    French Word-A-Day:

  • The two women are friends -- just before Rhee took the job, she made Henderson vow to a "pinkie oath" to join her at District of Columbia Public Schools -- and they share a similar educational strategy for turning around D.C. schools.

    Richard Whitmire: Why the Silence After the D.C. Firings?

  • Director Jessica Lefkow says she told actresses Gwen Grastorf and Jade Wheeler that the twins had "pinkie sworn" never to talk about race.

    Backstage at Washington Shakespeare Company's 'Juno and the Paycock'

  • It slips its pinkie into my wife's right hand and snuggles into her face.

    The Hand

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  • The painting of the girl in pink Pinkie by Thomas Lawrence. We had Pinkie and Blue Boy in the bedroom hallway of my childhood home.

    December 2, 2009

  • "Pinkie toe" is sometimes used to differentiate the least foot appendage from the hand digit referred to.

    September 17, 2009

  • Shouldn't this page link to medicinal compound?

    September 16, 2009

  • Wrong end!

    September 15, 2009

  • ... "leathery behind"??

    September 15, 2009

  • Though "Pinkie McPinkerton" does have a certain ring to it!

    September 15, 2009

  • *watches sionnach leave*

    September 15, 2009

  • Big-ears and I can have our own cartoon series - we can call it 'Pinkie and the Brain!'

    No wait, that's been done already.

    OK, OK. Much as it pains me to admit it, my heart isn't in it. Picking on the bilbster when he is expecting it and has a big target sign painted on his little leathery behind just isn't that much fun. Besides which, my mama raised me to be respectful to all god's critters, even marsupials with special needs.

    *slinks off muttering to self - 'damn, I'm losing my touch - back in the day calumny and vituperation used to come naturally to me!'*

    September 15, 2009

  • *waits for sionnach*

    September 15, 2009

  • plinkie!

    September 14, 2009

  • Another word for bilby, according to Wikipedia. The closest I've come to hearing it was from an Aboriginal woman, who was from the central desert region at the top of South Australia. The term she used sounded like pinkie-bobo.

    I fear my life is pretty much over once sionnach gets hold of this information.

    September 14, 2009