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 (rĭng′kē-dĭngk′) Slang
1. Old-fashioned; worn-out.
2. Insignificant; unimportant.
3. Of cheap or poor quality; makeshift.
One that is regarded as old-fashioned, worn-out, insignificant, or cheap in quality.

[Origin unknown.]


1. old-fashioned or quaint
2. of poor quality
3. substandard or imperfect
4. insignificant or minor


(ˈrɪŋ kiˌdɪŋk)
Slang. adj.
1. small-time.
2. antiquated.
[1910–15, Amer.; rhyming compound]
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