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

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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 Some people have fought passionately over the years to preserve the area's dinky qualities from encroaching development. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 The Integra had been the small car that helped launched the Acura brand into the minds of enthusiasts, the entry point for many buyers who had aspirations for something beyond yet another dinky econo-hatch. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 This 26-year-old British producer contributed a dinky track to that Coldplay album, and everything here is even worse. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 When else would there be the chance to find a Link Wray album, put it on his dinky record player and let his head fill with rockabilly? Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2020 Those dinky, layup-like 23-footers still count as three points. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, 19 Aug. 2020 Forget the dinky, lackluster pools designed for children’s water parks—these multi-million-dollar playgrounds promise riders a sweet surf session without the ocean’s fickleness. Molly Glick, Popular Science, 30 June 2020 My hand hurt like hell from using a dinky computer mouse hours at a time. Matt Jancer, Wired, 19 Apr. 2020 There are, however, plenty of dinky hot plates that won’t heat a pot or pan evenly and effectively. Popular Science, 11 Mar. 2020

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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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19 May 2021

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“Dinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinky. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dinky

US : very small and not appealing
British : small and appealing


din·​ky | \ ˈdiŋ-kē \

Kids Definition of dinky

: very small and not impressive a dinky car

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