dinky


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din·ky

 (dĭng′kē)
adj. din·ki·er, din·ki·est Informal
Of small size or consequence; insignificant.

[Probably from Scots dink, neat, trim.]

dinky

(ˈdɪŋkɪ)
adj, dinkier or dinkiest
1. Brit small and neat; dainty
2. US inconsequential; insignificant
[C18 (in the sense: dainty): from dink]

dink•y

(ˈdɪŋ ki)

adj. dink•i•er, dink•i•est, adj.
1. Informal. small and unimpressive: a dinky old hotel.
n.
2. dinkey.
[1780–90; compare Scots dink neatly dressed, trim]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dinky - 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
Adj.1.dinky - small and insignificant; "we stayed in a dinky old hotel"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
2.dinky - (British informal) pretty and neat; "what a dinky little hat"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
attractive - pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; "a remarkably attractive young man"; "an attractive personality"; "attractive clothes"; "a book with attractive illustrations"

dinky

adjective (Brit. informal) cute, small, neat, mini, trim, miniature, petite, dainty, natty (informal), cutesy (informal, chiefly U.S.) She drove a dinky little sports car.
Translations

dinky

[ˈdɪŋkɪ] ADJ (dinkier (compar) (dinkiest (superl))) (Brit) (= small) → pequeñito; (= nice) → mono, precioso

dinky

1
adj
(Brit inf: = cute) → schnuckelig (inf)
(US inf: = small) → winzig
(also Dinky) ® → Modell-; dinky carModellauto nt

dinky

2
n (inf) abbr of double income, no kids yet; dinkies plnoch kinderlose Doppelverdiener pl
References in classic literature ?
They bothered him with their dinky deals, with their scrimping and scratching, and their sneaky attempts to hide their ugliness by the observance of one set day of sanctuary.
She had been head over heels in love with a chum of mine--a clean, manly chap--but she had married a broken-down, disreputable old debauchee because he was a count in some dinky little European principality that was not even accorded a distinctive color by Rand McNally.
That one you had on in church yesterday was real dinky.
By obtaining control of a certain up-country bank, two general stores, and several logging camps, he could come into control of a certain dinky jerkwater line which shall here be nameless, but which, in his hands, would prove the key to a vastly larger situation involving more main-line mileage almost than there were spikes in the aforesaid dinky jerkwater.
They're so white an' regular, an' not big, an' not dinky little baby's teeth either.
A French Dinky Simca Aronde Taxi Trade box went for PS1,080 after also being valued at PS500-PS700.
In addition to Dinky, Thomson has also seen an increase in those couples who have children but prefer a quieter time by jetting off without their offspring.
The Dinky Omnisport A40 van and, inset, the signed photograph of Michael Jackson
Pinky Dinky Doo developed from a collection of bedtime stories made up by Jim Jinkins, President and Co-Founder of Cartoon Pizza, along with David Campbell, CEO of Cartoon Pizza (Stanley and JoJo's Circus), and was nurtured through collaboration with Sesame Workshop (the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street and Dragon Tales).
Dinas Powys, or Dinky Pooh as it is affectionately known to many in these parts, is posh.
Another interesting feature of Brecon is the amount of 'discoveries' made in the town, where members of the public have often brought in valuable items, be it Dinky or Corgi Toys, Horby Trains and so on, and as always the traders are more than happy to value such items as well as making actual offers.
And thank you, Jim and Dinky, for pointing me in the right direction