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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I used to drive a dinky little car. recent college graduates crowding into a dinky New York City apartment
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Pro surfers hit artificial waves in the heat of the climate crisis," 30 June 2020 My hand hurt like hell from using a dinky computer mouse hours at a time. Matt Jancer, Wired, "A Cheap Gaming Mouse Will Do Wonders for Your Wrist," 19 Apr. 2020 There are, however, plenty of dinky hot plates that won’t heat a pot or pan evenly and effectively. Popular Science, "The best hot plates for cooking without a kitchen," 11 Mar. 2020 For me, there’s no delight like walking down Gertrude Street in Fitzroy and finding a dinky little linen shift dress with a quirky collar that was made by the designer/machinist sitting at the back of the shop. Besha Rodell, New York Times, "How Australians Seek Connection in Isolation," 2 Apr. 2020 Ergonomic desk chairs with amazing back support Raise your hand if your back has been killing you from your dinky office chair that offers zero back support when working from home. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Upgrade your quarantine space with Wayfair's incredible sale," 30 Mar. 2020 And yet, the only stock Berkshire bought last quarter was a dinky retailer, RH. Washington Post, "Warren Buffett Finds Wrong Elephant," 15 Nov. 2019 Whether musicals or plays, most transfers from 199-seat houses feel dinky in palaces accommodating 900, and the frantic efforts made by creative teams to fill the void too often wind up highlighting it instead. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Mary-Louise Parker in the Subliminal, Sublime ‘Sound Inside’," 17 Oct. 2019 There was a pool, there was even a dinky little treadmill in the garage for people who wanted it. Condé Nast Traveler, "How We Learned to Love Traveling with Our Families: Women Who Travel Podcast," 8 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of dinky was in 1880

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5 Jul 2020

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“Dinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinky. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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