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

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The same can be said for A New Hope's opening scene, where a massive Star Destroyer chases down a dinky Blockade Runner. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "This Reimagined Star Wars Fight Scene Is Amazing—but Mostly Makes Me Sad," 8 May 2019 Their outfield defense is superb, as highlighted by Mookie Betts racing back and then stretching over that dinky little fence in right field to take a two-run homer away from Nomar Mazara. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How the rotation could become even more jumbled by Aug. 1," 10 July 2018 Comfort: To deposit a human in the Twizy's dinky backseat, slide the driver's seat all the way forward and make sure your passenger bends all the way over while clambering in. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "All Glory to the Renault Twizy, the Greatest Electric Car in the World*," 19 Apr. 2018 The discovery of numerous other bodies in its region of space, including at least a couple that were smaller but also sizeable, as well as its utter smallness compared even to dinky Mercury and Mars, led to its demotion. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why Aren't We Hearing More About Ceres?," 22 July 2015 There was glorious mango ice cream from a dinky corner shop. Matt Gross, New York Times, "Where to Find Bangkok’s Best Street Food While You Can," 9 Apr. 2018 Convento do Espinheiro, Évora, Portugal Évora, an ancient UNESCO-recognized walled Portuguese city near the country’s border with Spain, may be best known for its Roman temple (surprisingly dinky). Alice Newell-hanson, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Hotels That Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More," 29 Mar. 2018 Ammunition counts and targeting reticles are stamped into your virtual mind's eye, and peripheral vision is replaced by red semicircles and dinky little grenade icons pointing to incoming threats. Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "Why 3D Doesn't Work for TV, But Is Great for Gaming: Analysis," 11 Mar. 2010 Barring a miracle, the Creamsicle will weigh in at a relatively dinky 1,000 pounds, just a statewide finisher at best. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian, "Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin?," 30 Sep. 2017

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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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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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