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or hinkey, hinkty, hincty

[hing-kee] /ˈhɪŋ ki/
adjective, hinkier, hinkiest. Slang.
acting in a nervous or very cautious way.
Whenever he agrees with me, you know something hinky is going on!
snobbish; haughty.
Origin of hinky
1920-25; origin unknown Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'll tell you what happens: some city editor sends a kid reporter to get a story about hinky Dink.

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  • I only mean that I had always thought of hinky Dink as a fictitious personage.

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  • I experienced a somewhat similar emotion in Chicago on being introduced to hinky Dink.

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  • "hinky Dink" saw him, paid for a week's lodging at the Mills Hotel, and gave him money for meals each day.

  • My companion and I felt that while we were "getting" hinky Dink, he was not failing to "get" us.

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  • He went on a hunt for the old friend "hinky Dink" down in the first ward.

Contemporary definitions for hinky

nervous or suspicious; acting suspiciously


The teenagers were acting hinky.

Word Origin

alteration of hincty

Usage Note

hinkier, hinkiest's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for hinky



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

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[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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