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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.]
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dinky

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

dinky

[ˈdɪŋkɪ] ADJ (dinkier (compar) (dinkiest (superl))) (Brit) (= small) → pequeñito; (= nice) → mono, precioso
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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
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References in classic literature ?
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.
That one you had on in church yesterday was real dinky. But I like something brighter for myself.
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.
Dinky Doctors has now been nominated for the Community First Aid Champion award in the Scottish First Aid Awards.
"Wooden Dinky Toys" is a DIY instructional compendium of woodworking projects that will appeal to all skill levels.
"It was incredibly unfair to the people who utilize the Dinky on a daily basis.
Scholastic said the The Dinky Donkey will be published simultaneously in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Canada and the UK on 1 November 2019.
Dinky, who is four, has bad knees and can't walk too far.
As you've probably worked out, the Dinky Decker is a mini take on the Double Decker, and marks the first time the crispy cereal, soft nougat and chocolate bar has been included in the Heroes box.
"Dinky was swimming in the water for a little while before a lifeboat, which was nearby on training duty, recovered him.