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dink1

[dingk]
noun
  1. dinghy.
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Origin of dink1

First recorded in 1900–05; by apocope and devoicing

dink2

[dingk]
noun
  1. Tennis, Volleyball. a softly hit ball that falls just over the net.
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Origin of dink2

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

dink3

[dingk]
noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Southeast Asian, especially a Vietnamese.
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Origin of dink3

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.

dink4

[dingk]
noun
  1. Informal. either partner of a married couple having two incomes and no children.
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Origin of dink4

1985–90; d(ouble) i(ncome), n(o) k(ids)
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British Dictionary definitions for dink

dink1

adjective
  1. Scot and Northern English dialect neat or neatly dressed
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verb
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

dink2

noun
  1. a ball struck delicately
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verb
  1. to hit or kick (a ball) delicately
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Word Origin

C20: imitative of a delicate strike
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Word Origin and History for dink

n.

derogatory for "Vietnamese," 1969, U.S. military slang, of uncertain origin.

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DINK

acronym for double income, no kids, popular from 1987.

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