rinky dink

rinky-dink

[ring-kee-dingk] Slang.
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:
1910–15; rhyming compound (perhaps based on alteration and nasalization of rickety); cf. ricky-tick

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rinky-dink
1912, carnival slang, said to be imitative of the sound of banjo music at parades.
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