din·​key ˈdiŋ-kē How to pronounce dinkey (audio)
variants or dinky
plural dinkeys or dinkies
: a small locomotive

Word History


probably from dinky

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinkey was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Dinkey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinkey. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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