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
But the advantage now of having all of those proposals that maybe were sometimes described as being "dinky" -- (laughter) -- is that they now add up to some serious work that we can put before the Congress in the form of legislative proposals.
I suspect that the reason wards are 'dinky' in Boise and not very large around here is precisely because of density.
I thought the fireplace was kind of dinky and squishy-looking.
He still calls his own his "dinky" and insists that Nate's be called a dinky or dink too.
Here, the car-designed by set designer John Arnone-is some kind of dinky cartoon version, like a covered golf cart.
A derrick operating a clam-shell unloaded the sand and gravel into a small hopper, discharging into dump cars operated by a "dinky" up an incline, passing over sand and gravel storage bins.
Puffing on the single-gauge track was a "dinky" engine, coupled to a flat car.
Telephone and telegraph wires run through the trenches and even railroad tracks are laid so that small engines go whirring through the ditches like "dinky" locomotives in a coal mine.
Several white players were upset that Brown and two other black players - Dick Lane, known as Night Train, and Danny Lewis - had to stay in a "dinky" hotel away from their teammates.
Robbins concedes the pine flycatcher is "dinky," that its distinguishing features come down to a few feathers combined with a particular call.
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