hin·​ky ˈhiŋ-kē How to pronounce hinky (audio)
hinkier; hinkiest
slang : nervous, jittery
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
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Word History


alteration of argot hincty suspicious

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hinky was in 1956

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“Hinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinky. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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