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Definition of "rinky-dink" [rinky-dink]

  • Old-fashioned; worn-out. (adjective)
  • Insignificant; unimportant. (adjective)
  • Of cheap or poor quality; makeshift. (adjective)
  • One that is regarded as old-fashioned, worn-out, insignificant, or cheap in quality. (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 "rinky-dink" in a sentence
  • "If Google just got contacts sharing right, sooooo many little rinky-dink Exchange wannabees would go out of business."
  • "At 60, however, having reached a nadir — he loses his job teaching fifth-grade history at a second-rate school and moves from his substantial place to a “rinky-dink starter apartment” — he gets a do-over."
  • "Imagine a zombie-style outbreak film told within the confines of a rinky-dink radio station, as residents of Pontypool call in with the terrifying news of their neighbors and loved ones turning into rabid, murderous creatures."