din·​ky | \ ˈdiŋ-kē How to pronounce dinky (audio) \
dinkier; dinkiest

Definition of dinky

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web For bankers and brokers, Singapore’s biggest drawback is its dinky stock market. Clay Chandler, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Total passenger volume is a dinky 139 cubic feet, according to Car and Driver, compared to the Escalade’s 168.4 cubic feet. Dan Neil, WSJ, 23 June 2022 No doubt these dinky digital rigs kept the production costs down in some ways, but to be honest the cinematography, supervised by DP Artur Tort, is a bit disappointing given how insanely photogenic the landscape is. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 While many automakers have struggled to deliver elegant lines from the dinky dimensions of a compact crossover, the Tonale looks elegant and well proportioned. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 May 2022 Grocery delivery to our door is still relatively dinky, but ordering groceries online for pickup at the store took hold during the pandemic and is sticking. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 But this example ditched the dinky V-4 for a big-block Chevy powerhouse, and it has been converted from front- to rear-wheel drive to maximize its drag-racing prowess. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2022 The pods are available in customized sizes, ranging from a dinky three-window to a spacious 10-window with a bedroom, en suite and kitchenette. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 The fact that the Steam Deck's controls feel better than a stock Nintendo Switch isn't surprising, since Joy-Cons are famously dinky. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dinky

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dinky

Scots dink neat

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Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

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“Dinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinky. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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din·​ky | \ ˈdiŋ-kē \

Kids Definition of dinky

: very small and not impressive a dinky car


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