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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.

noun,plural dink·ies.

Origin of dinky

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

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How to use dinky in a sentence

  • I'm a good enough Yank to see if your dinky police is such an all-fired cute little bunch of wonder-workers as you say!

    Murder in Any Degree | Owen Johnson
  • I guess its free cruising ground for anybody who can afford to own a steam yacht, or even a common little dinky motorboat.

  • What fun is it to walk down into that dinky little village keeping step like convicts?

  • But I figured out: there's camp-meetin's an' socials up there, an' a nice, dinky, white shirt once in a way goes pretty good.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service

British Dictionary definitions for dinky


/ (ˈdɪŋkɪ) /

adjectivedinkier or dinkiest informal
  1. British small and neat; dainty

  2. US inconsequential; insignificant

Origin of dinky

C18 (in the sense: dainty): from dink

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