Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SPINK, adj. Also spinkie.

1. Slender, nimble, active (Fif. 1808 Jam., spinkie). Sc. 1930 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 223:
He's blide to be livin', his spinkie bit feet Rinnin' gleg owre the grass, be it dry, be it weet.

2. Fig. of a taste: fresh, tangy. Cai. 1829 J. Hay Poems 13:
Her ale it tastes sae sharp and spink.

[Orig. uncertain. Cf. Spintie.]

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