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dinky

[ding-kee] /ˈdɪŋ ki/
adjective, dinkier, dinkiest.
1.
Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby:
We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
2.
British Informal. fashionable; well dressed; smart.
noun, plural dinkies.
3.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; compare Scots dink neatly dressed, trim (of obscure origin); sense shift perhaps: trim > dainty > small > insignificant; see -y1
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dinky

/ˈdɪŋkɪ/
adjective (informal) dinkier, dinkiest
1.
(Brit) small and neat; dainty
2.
(US) inconsequential; insignificant
Word Origin
C18 (in the sense: dainty): from dink
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Word Origin and History for dinkies

dinky

adj.

1788 "neat, trim, dainty, small," from Scottish dialectal dink "finely dressed, trim" (c.1500), of unknown origin. Modern sense is 1850s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dinkies

deliver

v,v phr

To perform successfully, esp after promising; come through: It's a very tough assignment, but he thinks he can deliver/ He talks big, but can he deliver the goods? (1909+)


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