dink

1
[dingk]

Origin of dink

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

dink

2
[dingk]
noun
  1. 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]
noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. 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]
noun
  1. 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

Contemporary Examples of dink

  • Dink himself used the word “genocide,” but did not insist that everyone else do so.

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    March 17, 2010

Historical Examples of dink


British Dictionary definitions for dink

dink

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

Word Origin for dink

C16: of unknown origin

dink

2
noun
  1. a ball struck delicately
verb
  1. 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
n.

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

DINK

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

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