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[ding-kuh m]
adjective Australian.
  1. genuine; authentic.
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Origin of dinkum

First recorded in 1890–95; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of dinkum

  • No one in the Australian army but knows the meaning of "dinkum."

    "Over There" with the Australians

    R. Hugh Knyvett

  • "Dinkum yakker" all right, and about three-parts of it not necessary, if I'd only known.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut

    Charles W. L. Bryde

British Dictionary definitions for dinkum


adjective Australian and NZ informal
  1. genuine or righta dinkum bloke
  2. 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?
  3. dinkum oil archaic the truth
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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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