hin·​ky | \ ˈhiŋ-kē How to pronounce hinky (audio) \
hinkier; hinkiest

Definition of hinky

1 slang : nervous, jittery
2 slang : suspicious

Examples of hinky in a Sentence

the cop was feeling hinky about the whole situation and was starting to think that it was a setup after noticing that the driver seemed hinky, the border guard demanded that he submit to an inspection of his vehicle
Recent Examples on the Web Lumber prices have shot up again in a rise reminiscent of a year ago, when high-climbing wood prices warned of the hinky supply lines and broad inflation to come. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 Some of these outcasts — like the would-be killer of Ronald Reagan, John Hinckley (a hinky looking Adam Chanler-Berat) — are all too familiar. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 14 Nov. 2021 Certainly, there was no shortage of hinky transactions precipitated by the debtors who were intent on protecting their residence as long as possible. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The scene at the small, Northeast Hancock Street house was hinky. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 To him, the statistics in the Lancet paper looked hinky. Adam Rogers, Wired, 11 Nov. 2020 But something hinky is happening on the five-year-old board charged with approving new charter applications in Alabama. al, 21 Sep. 2020 No longer was there just an uneasy sense that something was hinky. Jack Hitt, Wired, 13 Aug. 2020 Monty Python’s Flying Circus’’ — a name chosen to evoke the moniker of a hinky theatrical booker and the shorthand for a World War I aerial squadron. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hinky

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hinky

alteration of argot hincty suspicious

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“Hinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinky. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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