or hin·key, hink·ty, hinc·ty
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MORE ABOUT HINKY
What does hinky mean?
Hinky is a slang term that most often means suspicious or dubious, as in I didn’t open that email because the subject line seemed hinky and it might have been spam.
Hinky can be used to describe people’s actions as well as objects. If your sister who never agrees with you suddenly does, you might think her agreement is a little hinky.
Hinky also means acting very cautious or nervous, as in Lester was so nervous about the big exam that he was acting all hinky, tapping his pencil against the desk and wriggling in his seat.
Example: This is hinky — why would both of them be in the same place at the same time?
Where does hinky come from?
The first records of the term hinky come from around the 1920s. Its origin is unknown, but some have suggested it evolved from the slang term hincty meaning “conceited.”
Hinky is most often used to describe something that is suspicious in a way that causes unease or fear. Sometimes instead of describing people, it will be used to describe something that seems incorrect, such as an overly convenient plot point in a film, a plan that seems too good to be true, or the shape of something that is deformed. Often hinky is used to describe something as vaguely wrong or suspicious.
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How is hinky used in real life?
Hinky is most can be used in casual conversations, especially when accusing someone or something of being wrong or hiding something.
Dear Anyone in Horror Movies,
When lights go out- use glow sticks. No hinky flashlights or delicate candles. Tape 'em to your head.
— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) September 15, 2016
I’m going to go out on a limb and say presenting your entire true-crime show featuring what you present as interviews with a major participant and only saying AT THE END that this was an actor recreating real interviews and not the actual person is, shall we say, hinky?
— Linda Holmes (@lindaholmes) July 6, 2021
Replaced the hinky doorknob to make up for my nephew not telling his wife I was coming.
— Lauren Hough (@laurenthehough) June 10, 2021
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How to use hinky in a sentence
I experienced a somewhat similar emotion in Chicago on being introduced to Hinky Dink.
I'll tell you what happens: some city editor sends a kid reporter to get a story about Hinky Dink.
"Hinky Dink" saw him, paid for a week's lodging at the Mills Hotel, and gave him money for meals each day.The Nation Behind Prison Bars|George L. Herr
They are told to "take home a cake of Hinky-dink's Soap tonight; your wife needs it!"The Psychology of Salesmanship|William Walker Atkinson
My companion and I felt that while we were "getting" Hinky Dink, he was not failing to "get" us.