Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of small size or consequence; insignificant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Small and neat; trim; tidy; nice.
  • Small but pretentious; small and insignificant.
  • noun Something small or insignificant.
  • noun An apparatus of smaller size than the usual standard, as a pony- or donkey-engine for doing work which requires small horse-power.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective informal small and insignificant; shabby or unimpressive.
  • adjective British informal pretty and neat; fashionable or well-dressed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective informal, UK Tiny and cute; small and attractive.
  • adjective informal, US Tiny and insignificant; small and undesirable.
  • initialism Double income, no kids yet. Said of a relationship.

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

  • adjective small and insignificant
  • noun a small locomotive
  • adjective (British informal) pretty and neat

Etymologies

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

[Probably from Scots dink, neat, trim.]

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  • "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

  • 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

  • Nickname for the Ruddy Duck.

    April 24, 2009

  • And for my dog...

    April 24, 2009