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dink1

[dingk] /dɪŋk/
noun
1.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; by apocope and devoicing

dink2

[dingk] /dɪŋk/
noun
1.
Tennis, Volleyball. a softly hit ball that falls just over the net.
Origin
1935-40; imitative, probably influenced by dinky

dink3

[dingk] /dɪŋk/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Southeast Asian, especially a Vietnamese.
Origin
1965-70, Americanism; compare Australian slang dink Chinese person; perhaps back formation from dinky, reinforced by rhyme with Chink
Usage note
This term was a slur applied to a Vietcong or North Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam War.

dink4

[dingk] /dɪŋk/
noun
1.
Informal. either partner of a married couple having two incomes and no children.
Origin
1985-90; d(ouble) i(ncome), n(o) k(ids)
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Examples for dink
  • dink and crud are syllables that can mar a name and invite derision.
  • dink buys a couple thousand boxes each year to ship his birds.
British Dictionary definitions for dink

dink1

/dɪŋk/
adjective
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) neat or neatly dressed
verb
2.
(Austral & NZ, mainly childrens slang)
  1. (transitive) to carry (a second person) on a horse, bicycle, etc
  2. (intransitive) (of two people) to travel together on a horse, bicycle, etc
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

dink2

/dɪŋk/
noun
1.
a ball struck delicately
verb
2.
to hit or kick (a ball) delicately
Word Origin
C20: imitative of a delicate strike
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Word Origin and History for dink
n.

derogatory for "Vietnamese," 1969, U.S. military slang, of uncertain origin.

DINK

acronym for double income, no kids, popular from 1987.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dink

dink 1

noun
  1. A tiny cap worn by freshmen; beanie •Dinky cap is attested from 1893 (1920+ College students)
  2. The penis (1880s+)
  3. A despised person; dork, jerk, prick: Nor, he insists, does he believe that any witless dink could learn to play like Ringo Starr within a week (1960s+)
  4. Very little; nothing; dick2, zilch: He knows dink about weapons (1950s+)
verb

To make small exasperating movements, tennis shots, etc •First example may reflect 1920s dinky, ''a trolley car having a short route'': after finding that the campaign was dinking along like a Toonerville trolley/ They're not letting the combination dink them into submission anymore/ He dinked the kid to death with left-handed backspin junk (1939+ Tennis)

[fr dinky]


dink 2

noun

A Vietnamese; gook, slope

[Vietnam War armed forces; related to Australian Dink, ''a Chinese,'' perhaps fr dinge or fr Chink]


dink 3

noun

A yacht's tender; dinghy

[1900+; probably fr dinghy]


dink 4

noun

One of a childless couple, both of whom are employed: a friend referred to two young professionals as ''a couple of dinks''

[1986+; acronym fr double income no kids]


dink 5

Related Terms

rinky-dink


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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dink in Technology


/dink/ Said of a machine that has the bitty box nature; a machine too small to be worth bothering with - sometimes the system you're currently forced to work on. First heard from an MIT hacker working on a CP/M system with 64K, in reference to any 6502 system, then from fans of 32 bit architectures about 16-bit machines. "GNUMACS will never work on that dink machine." Probably derived from mainstream "dinky", which isn't sufficiently pejorative.
See macdink.
[Jargon File]
(1994-10-31)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for dink

DINK

double income, no kids
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