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adjective, dink·i·er, dink·i·est.
  1. Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
  2. British Informal. fashionable; well dressed; smart.
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noun, plural dink·ies.
  1. dinkey.
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Origin of dinky

1780–90; compare Scots dink neatly dressed, trim (of obscure origin); sense shift perhaps: trim > dainty > small > insignificant; see -y1


or dink·y

noun, plural dink·eys.
  1. a small locomotive, especially with a switch engine.
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Origin of dinkey

1840–50; noun use of dinky; see -ey2
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adjective dinkier or dinkiest informal
  1. British small and neat; dainty
  2. US inconsequential; insignificant
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Word Origin

C18 (in the sense: dainty): from dink
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Word Origin and History for dinky


1788 "neat, trim, dainty, small," from Scottish dialectal dink "finely dressed, trim" (c.1500), of unknown origin. Modern sense is 1850s.

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