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also din·ky  (dĭng′kē)
n. pl. din·keys also din·kies
A small locomotive used in a railroad yard, as for shunting.

[From dinky.]


(Railways) US a small locomotive


or dink•y

(ˈdɪŋ ki)

n., pl. -eys.
a small locomotive, esp. with a switch engine.
[1840–50; n. use of dinky; see -ey2]
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Noun1.dinkey - a small locomotive
locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive, engine - a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
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The rest work primarily for local governments as subway and streetcar operators and for mining, manufacturing, and marine cargo-handling operations operating their own locomotives and dinkeys that shuttle railcars containing ore, coal, and other bulk materials.