Definition of quink in English:


Pronunciation /kwɪŋk/


(also kwink)
Scottish, US
  • A kind of goose (or duck), variously identified with the greylag, Anser anser, the brent goose, Branta bernicla, and the goldeneye, Bucephala clangula. Also "†quink-goose".


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in The Register of the Privy Council of Scotland. Origin uncertain; probably imitative of the birds' calls, although compare note below.