Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Of small size or consequence; insignificant.
  • adj. Informal Of poor quality; shabby.
  • n. Variant of dinkey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tiny and cute; small and attractive.
  • adj. Tiny and insignificant; small and undesirable.
  • Double income, no kids yet. Said of a relationship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. small and insignificant; shabby or unimpressive.
  • adj. pretty and neat; fashionable or well-dressed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Small and neat; trim; tidy; nice.
  • Small but pretentious; small and insignificant.
  • n. Something small or insignificant.
  • n. An apparatus of smaller size than the usual standard, as a pony- or donkey-engine for doing work which requires small horse-power.
  • n. A pair of wheels on an axle used to carry the weight of a beam or pole in erecting structures or wire lines. The axle is usually curved upward in the middle, with a lever affixed, so that the weight can first be raised off the ground, in a sling, and then wheeled to the desired point.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. small and insignificant
  • n. a small locomotive
  • adj. (British informal) pretty and neat

Etymologies

Probably from Scots dink, neat, trim.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • And for my dog...

    April 24, 2009

  • Nickname for the Ruddy Duck.

    April 24, 2009

  • Is also an acronym for double income no kids yet. This is a term used to describe those who defer parenthood, usually for financial reasons.

    December 9, 2007

  • "She had four dinky sets, with awfully pretty stitchery, three garments and nighties extra, and each set slotted with different coloured ribbons ..."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 13

    January 14, 2007