Origin of dink1
First recorded in 1900–05; by apocope and devoicing
- Tennis, Volleyball. a softly hit ball that falls just over the net.
Origin of dink2
First recorded in 1935–40; imitative, probably influenced by dinky
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Southeast Asian, especially a Vietnamese.
Origin of dink3
This term was a slur applied to a Vietcong or North Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam War.
- Informal. either partner of a married couple having two incomes and no children.
Origin of dink4
1985–90; d(ouble) i(ncome), n(o) k(ids)
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Examples from the Web for dink
Dink himself used the word “genocide,” but did not insist that everyone else do so.Turkey's Problem with America
Christopher De Bellaigue
March 17, 2010
This Cousin Dink is the limit for selfishness and impertinence.
Coming along the garden path was none other than the dreaded Dink.
A "dink," neat or trim, maiden often forgets her "dinkness" after marriage.The Proverbs of Scotland
But if he dinks to gif you some more of de same veesic, I dink it not too moosh.Uncle Rutherford's Nieces
Joanna H. Mathews
For Dink cared not a whit what happened to him or how he exposed himself.The Varmint
- Scot and Northern English dialect neat or neatly dressed
- Australian and NZ mainly children's slang
- (tr)to carry (a second person) on a horse, bicycle, etc
- (intr)(of two people) to travel together on a horse, bicycle, etc
C16: of unknown origin
- a ball struck delicately
- to hit or kick (a ball) delicately
C20: imitative of a delicate strike
Word Origin and History for dink
derogatory for "Vietnamese," 1969, U.S. military slang, of uncertain origin.
acronym for double income, no kids, popular from 1987.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper