adjective, dinkier, dinkiest.
Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
British Informal. fashionable; well dressed; smart.
noun, plural dinkies.

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

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1788 "neat, trim, dainty, small," from Scot. dialect dink "finely dressed, trim" (1508), of unknown origin. Modern sense is 1850s.
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