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Definition of "dinky" [dinky]

  • Informal Of small size or consequence; insignificant. (adjective)
  • Informal Of poor quality; shabby. (adjective)
  • Variant of dinkey. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dinky" in a sentence
  • "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."