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dinky

[ ding-kee ]
/ ˈdɪŋ ki /
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adjective, dink·i·er, dink·i·est.

Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
British Informal. fashionable; well dressed; smart.

noun, plural dink·ies.

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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
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dinky
/ (ˈdɪŋkɪ) /

adjective dinkier or dinkiest informal

British small and neat; dainty
US inconsequential; insignificant

Word Origin for dinky

C18 (in the sense: dainty): from dink
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