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adj. hin·ki·er, hin·ki·est Slang
So peculiar as to arouse suspicion; curiously odd: "If a person looks a little hinky, they'll send him away" (Paul Theroux).

[Variant of African American Vernacular English hincty, hinkty, wary, of unknown origin.]
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adj, hinkier or hinkiest
nervous; apprehensivedubious; questionable
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