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dinkum

[ding-kuh m] /ˈdɪŋ kəm/
adjective, Australian
1.
genuine; authentic.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; of obscure origin
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  • Otherwise, your message will bounce to the staff, who will forward it to everyone else if it appears to be fair dinkum.
British Dictionary definitions for dinkum

dinkum

/ˈdɪŋkəm/
adjective (Austral & NZ, informal)
1.
genuine or right: a dinkum bloke
2.
fair dinkum, genuine or true: used to emphasize the truth of something or in asking for the truth of something to be confirmed: Back to the states? Fair dinkum?
3.
(archaic) dinkum oil, the truth
Word Origin
C19: from English dialect: work, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for dinkum
n.

1888, "hard work," Australian slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Lincolnshire dialect. Meaning "honest, genuine" is attested from 1894.

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dinkum

adjective

fair dinkum


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