F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fingk]
    • /fɪŋk/
    • /fɪŋk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fingk]
    • /fɪŋk/

Definitions of fink word

  • noun fink a strikebreaker. 1
  • noun fink a labor spy. 1
  • noun fink an informer; stool pigeon. 1
  • noun fink a contemptible or thoroughly unattractive person. 1
  • verb without object fink to inform to the police; squeal. 1
  • verb without object fink to act as a strikebreaker; scab. 1

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Origin of fink

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
1900-05, Americanism; compared with German Fink literally, finch, colloquial epithet for an undesirable person, especially an untidy or loose-living one (often in compounds, as Duckfink sycophant, Schmierfink untidy writer); but the transmission of this word to English and the range of meanings of the English word have not been clarified fully

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Parts of speech for Fink


fink popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for fink

noun fink

  • squealer — a somewhat prolonged, sharp, shrill cry, as of pain, fear, or surprise.
  • rat — any of several long-tailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus and related genera, distinguished from the mouse by being larger.
  • stoolie — a pigeon used as a decoy.
  • snake — any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
  • snitch — to snatch or steal; pilfer.

verb fink

  • level with — having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.
  • dump on — to drop or let fall in a mass; fling down or drop heavily or suddenly: Dump the topsoil here.
  • ratting — any of several long-tailed rodents of the family Muridae, of the genus Rattus and related genera, distinguished from the mouse by being larger.
  • blurt out — If someone blurts something out, they blurt it.

adjective fink

  • untrustworthy — deserving of trust or confidence; dependable; reliable: The treasurer was not entirely trustworthy.
  • fair-weather — used in or intended for fair weather only.
  • trustless — not worthy of trust; faithless; unreliable; false: He was trustless when money was involved.
  • unassured — guaranteed; sure; certain; secure: an assured income.

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