1. an informer
3. a person regarded as contemptible, obnoxious, etc.
4. Slang to inform (on)
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Wortherkunft von 'fink'
Ger, lit., finch
, used since the 17th c. as generalized pejorative; adopted (c.
1740) by students at Jena for nonmembers of fraternities (prob. in allusion to the
wild bird in contrast to the caged canary); later extended to those not in organizations,