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noun (1)

: dinghy


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noun (2)


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noun (3)



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noun (4)

often all capitalized
: a couple with two incomes and no children
also : a member of such a couple

Examples of dink in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
No commitment or consistency in the run game, a lot of dink dink passes with no real commitment to the long game. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 In pickleball, there is a shot called the dink. Caira Conner, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2022 One of the game’s biggest weapons is a soft knuckler that barely clears the net and is known as the dink. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2022 Dink and dunk and dink some more. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2021 For much of the game, Prescott resorted to a dink-and-dunk passing due to poor pass protection, which led to a career day for Dalton Schultz (nine catches for 89 yards and a TD). John Owning, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2020 Hell, as the Dolphins lived it, was also schemed with dink-and-dunk passes, non-stop and ineffective, until the day is lost. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Notre Dame's defense stood tall though, making, Warner dink and dunk his way to 175 yards passing on 20 of 32. The Arizona Republic, 24 Sep. 2021 As these numbers show, Dalton not only tends to complete more passes with play-action, but those passes also tend to be farther downfield, which is important for a passer with dink-and-dunk tendencies like him. John Owning, Dallas News, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration

Noun (2)

dink to hit with a drop shot, probably of imitative origin

Noun (3)

perhaps from dink, disparaging name for a Vietnamese

Noun (4)

double income, no kids

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1903, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1939, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1974, in the meaning defined above

Noun (4)

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dink was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Dink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dink. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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