dinkum

adjective
din·​kum | \ ˈdiŋ-kəm How to pronounce dinkum (audio) \

Definition of dinkum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Australia and New Zealand
: authentic, genuine often used with fairI was fair dinkum about my interest in their culture— Percy Trezise

dinkum

adverb

Definition of dinkum (Entry 2 of 2)

Australia and New Zealand
: truly, honestly often used with fair often used interjectionally

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Examples of dinkum in a Sentence

Adjective somewhat surprised to learn that our guide through the outback was a fair dinkum crocodile hunter

First Known Use of dinkum

Adjective

1905, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dinkum

Adjective

English dialect dinkum, noun, work, share of work

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The first known use of dinkum was in 1905

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“Dinkum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinkum. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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