Meaning of INK in English

I. ˈiŋk noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English enke, from Anglo-French encre, enke, from Late Latin encaustum, from neuter of Latin encaustus burned in, from Greek enkaustos, verbal of enkaiein to burn in — more at encaustic

Date: 13th century

1. : a colored usually liquid material for writing and printing

2. : the black protective secretion of a cephalopod

3. slang : publicity 2d

• ink·i·ness ˈiŋ-kē-nəs noun

• inky ˈiŋ-kē adjective

II. transitive verb

Date: 1562

1. : to put ink on

ink a pen

also : to draw or write on in ink


a. : sign 2a

ink ed a new contract

b. : sign 4

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.