[ding-kuh m]

adjective Australian.

genuine; authentic.

Origin of dinkum

First recorded in 1890–95; of obscure origin
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adjective Australian and NZ informal

genuine or righta dinkum bloke
fair dinkum genuine or true: used to emphasize the truth of something or in asking for the truth of something to be confirmedBack to the states? Fair dinkum?
dinkum oil archaic the truth

Word Origin for dinkum

C19: from English dialect: work, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dinkum

1888, "hard work," Australian slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Lincolnshire dialect. Meaning "honest, genuine" is attested from 1894.

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