Any of a group of colors reddish in hue, of medium to high lightness, and of low to moderate saturation. Any of various plants of the genus Dianthus, such as the carnation and sweet William, often cultivated for their showy fragrant flowers. Any of various other plants, such as the wild pink and the moss pink. A flower of any of these plants. The highest or best degree: in the pink of health. Light-colored trousers formerly worn as part of the winter semidress uniform by U.S. Army officers. The scarlet coat worn by fox hunters. Slang A pinko. A pink salmon Of the color pink. Slang Having moderately leftist political opinions. To stab lightly with a pointed weapon; prick. To decorate with a perforated pattern. To cut with pinking shears. Nautical A small sailing vessel with a sharply narrowed stern and an overhanging transom.