Definitions

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

  • n. Slang A person who holds moderately leftist political views; a pink.

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  • n. A socialist who is not wholly communist.

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

  • n. a person with mildly leftist political views

Etymologies

From the term red, affiliated with communism, as pink is a lighter, more diluted form. (1936) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Carolyn Parishes antics aren't supported by the majority of people, even here in pinko Ontario, so please enlighten me.

    the less friendly border

  • There are suddenly T-shirts and buttons available all over the downtown, made in various shade of pink, using the word pinko and mostly promoting cycling.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The word pinko was all over the Toronto media recently, and I had to explain to a friend who speaks perfect English as a second language what it meant, as it's a term that hasn't been used in the media here since she moved to Canada 17 years ago.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • I have been described as a 'closet nationalist', and as a Melders-like 'pinko' - which has caused eyebrows to be raised amongst some of my more Conservative friends.

    A Right-Winger - Moi?

  • Oh, except for Homeland Security and the Military ... he'll need them to keep down social dissidents (aka pinko commie liberals).

    McCain Adviser: Emergency Room Just as Good as Health Insurance

  • (Ah, I haven't used the word pinko in 30 years!!!)

    Sound Politics: Rumsfeld To Resign

  • Even the Economist (which I would hardly call pinko), supports the idea that the US should guarantee some form of health care to its citizens, and it supported the idea of a stimulus bill, and it supports the basic principle of carbon trading, and although I'm not sure, I don't think it opposed how the US handled the GM issue.

    CHE > Latest news

  • The next time I visited that suburban street, the woman at the "pinko" property was using a leaf blower.

    Dave Astor: From Moscow to Montclair to Lawn Maintenance

  • Oh how fun it would be to have a return to McCarthyism; have we found the new replacement for "pinko" david goldman for OBAMA

    McCain: 'It's very clear who Hamas wants' in the White House

  • Pugliese asserts that former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau "even outspent Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney, who brought in a hawkish defence policy in the late 1980s" and that Mr. Trudeau was not so dovish or "pinko" on the military as we might think.

    Trudeau the military big spender

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