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hinky

or hinkey, hinkty, hincty

[hing-kee] /ˈhɪŋ ki/
adjective, hinkier, hinkiest. Slang.
1.
acting in a nervous or very cautious way.
2.
suspicious:
Whenever he agrees with me, you know something hinky is going on!
3.
snobbish; haughty.
Origin of hinky
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; origin unknown
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Examples from the Web for hinkey
Historical Examples
  • "The fellow who did it said it was an accident," replied hinkey, with an ugly leer.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • "I'm listening," growled hinkey, his whole carriage slouching.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • "It's your affair—your battle, hinkey," replied the leader grimly.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • This claim hinkey was given a fair opportunity to prove, but he failed to do so.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • He had never seen hinkey play football, but he had read much about him.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • After about two weeks of practice, there was no longer a question as to whether hinkey was going to make the team.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • We swapped a few more like that, while I sizes up hinkey, tryin' to map out a way to brace him.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • hinkey, are you going to stand at attention and be silent until I'm through with you?

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • hinkey, you've worked harder and more attentively than any man in this detachment.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
  • But hinkey is wounded, and he'll need his hands free in order to look after himself.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants

    H. Irving Hancock
Contemporary definitions for hinkey
adjective

nervous or suspicious; acting suspiciously

Examples

The teenagers were acting hinky.

Word Origin

alteration of hincty

Usage Note

hinkier, hinkiest

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Slang definitions & phrases for hinkey

hinky

adjective

Suspicious; curious: Something hinky is going down/ driver of the pimpmobile looks hinky

Related Terms

doodad

[1970s+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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