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rinky-dink

[ring-kee-dingk] /ˈrɪŋ kiˌdɪŋk/
adjective
1.
inconsequential, amateurish, or of generally inferior quality; small-time:
a rinky-dink college; He plays with some rinky-dink team.
2.
outmoded or shabby; backward; antiquated:
a rinky-dink airline.
noun
3.
a person or thing that is rinky-dink.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; rhyming compound (perhaps based on alteration and nasalization of rickety); cf. ricky-tick
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Word Origin and History for rinky dink
rinky-dink
1912, carnival slang, said to be imitative of the sound of banjo music at parades.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rinky-dink

adjective

(also ricky-tick) Inferior; cheap; crummy: described by federal attorneys as rinky dink and a very strange document/ its deserted beaches, summer houses, and ricky-tick towns (1913+)

noun
  1. Cheap and gaudy merchandise; dreck, junk (1912+ Carnival)
  2. Used merchandise; secondhand articles: Let's go see what sort of rinky-dink the Salvation Army has this week (1913+)
  3. A small, cheap nightclub, cabaret, etc; honky-tonk: as she was called when she played the rinky-dinks (1912+)
  4. A deception; swindle; the runaround: Don't give me the rinkydink (1912+)
Related Terms

ricky-tick


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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