Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ink”

See all translations

ink

noun [C or U] uk   /ɪŋk/ us  

ink noun [C or U] (LIQUID)

B1 coloured liquid used for writing, printing, and drawing: a bottle of ink blue/black/red ink Please write in ink, not in pencil. The book is printed in three different coloured inks.
More examples

ink noun [C or U] (DECORATION)

informal tattoos (= patterns that are made on the skin using needles and ink): I have only been tattooing for nine months but people seem to like my ink.

ink

verb [T] uk   /ɪŋk/ us  

ink verb [T] (PUT INK ON)

specialized publishing, art to put ink on something: The printing plates have to be inked before they will print on the paper.

ink verb [T] (DECORATE SKIN)

informal to tattoo someone (= decorate their skin with patterns using needles and ink): Here are some important points to note before you get inked.
Translations of “ink”
in Korean 잉크…
in Arabic حِبْر…
in French encre…
in Turkish mürekkep…
in Italian inchiostro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 墨水, 油墨, 墨汁…
in Russian чернила…
in Polish atrament, tusz…
in Spanish tinta…
in Portuguese tinta…
in German die Tinte…
in Catalan tinta…
in Japanese インク…
in Chinese (Simplified) 墨水, 油墨, 墨汁…
(Definition of ink from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ink?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “ink” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More