dink

1
[ dingk ]
/ dɪŋk /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. dining table,
  2. dinitrobenzene,
  3. dinitrogen tetroxide,
  4. dinitrophenol,
  5. dinitrophenylhydrazine test,
  6. dinka,
  7. dinkey,
  8. dinkie,
  9. dinkum,
  10. dinky

Origin of dink

1
First recorded in 1900–05; by apocope and devoicing

dink

2
[ dingk ]
/ dɪŋk /

noun

Tennis, Volleyball. a softly hit ball that falls just over the net.

Origin of dink

2
First recorded in 1935–40; imitative, probably influenced by dinky

dink

3
[ dingk ]
/ dɪŋk /

noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Southeast Asian, especially a Vietnamese.

Origin of dink

3
1965–70, Americanism; compare Australian slang dink Chinese person; perhaps back formation from dinky, reinforced by rhyme with Chink

Usage note

This term was a slur applied to a Vietcong or North Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam War.

dink

4
[ dingk ]
/ dɪŋk /

noun

Informal. either partner of a married couple having two incomes and no children.

Origin of dink

4
1985–90; d(ouble) i(ncome), n(o) k(ids)

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Examples from the Web for dink

  • I speak: 'Dink, I bet Bill here a quarter that you used a toothbrush.'

    The Varmint|Owen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for dink

dink

1
/ (dɪŋk) /

adjective

Scot and Northern English dialect neat or neatly dressed

verb

Australian and NZ mainly children's slang
  1. (tr)to carry (a second person) on a horse, bicycle, etc
  2. (intr)(of two people) to travel together on a horse, bicycle, etc

Word Origin for dink

C16: of unknown origin

noun

a ball struck delicately

verb

to hit or kick (a ball) delicately

Word Origin for dink

C20: imitative of a delicate strike

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Word Origin and History for dink
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