Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

ΒΆHINK-SKINK, n. Small beer. Sc. 1847 R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 319:
There's first guid ale, and syne guid ale, And second ale, and some, Hink-skink, and ploughman's drink, And scour-the-gate, and trim.

[Orig. obscure. Cf. Inkie-pinkie and for the second element, see Skink, v.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Hink-skink n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Jan 2022 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: