din·​ky ˈdiŋ-kē How to pronounce dinky (audio)
dinkier; dinkiest
: overly or unattractively small
drives a dinky little car
also, British : attractively small : cute

Examples of dinky in a Sentence

I used to drive a dinky little car. recent college graduates crowding into a dinky New York City apartment
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Word History


Scots dink neat

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinky was in 1880

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“Dinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinky. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


din·​ky ˈdiŋ-kē How to pronounce dinky (audio)
dinkier; dinkiest
: very small and unimpressive
a dinky room
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