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hinky

or hinkey, hinkty, hincty

[hing-kee] /ˈhɪŋ ki/
adjective, hinkier, hinkiest. Slang.
1.
acting in a nervous or very cautious way.
2.
suspicious:
Whenever he agrees with me, you know something hinky is going on!
3.
snobbish; haughty.
Origin of hinky
1920-1925
1920-25; origin unknown
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Historical Examples
  • Then, with hinkey growing rapidly angrier and putting forth more strength, there was battle royal.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • This claim hinkey was given a fair opportunity to prove, but he failed to do so.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • "The fellow who did it said it was an accident," replied hinkey, with an ugly leer.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • "It's your affair—your battle, hinkey," replied the leader grimly.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • You can put him in charge of the same sheriff, asking him to hold hinkey until a guard from Fort Clowdry arrives to take him.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • After about two weeks of practice, there was no longer a question as to whether hinkey was going to make the team.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Then, still under guard, hinkey was marched back to the guard house.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • We swapped a few more like that, while I sizes up hinkey, tryin' to map out a way to brace him.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • The papers were then filed away to be used in case the deserter hinkey should be apprehended.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • hinkey, however, did not deign to notice this grace by so much as a look or a word.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
Contemporary definitions for hinkey
adjective

nervous or suspicious; acting suspiciously

Examples

The teenagers were acting hinky.

Word Origin

alteration of hincty

Usage Note

hinkier, hinkiest

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Slang definitions & phrases for hinkey

hinky

adjective

Suspicious; curious: Something hinky is going down/ driver of the pimpmobile looks hinky

Related Terms

doodad

[1970s+; origin unknown]

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