adjective, dink·i·er, dink·i·est.

  1. Informal. small, unimportant, unimpressive, or shabby: We stayed in a dinky old hotel.
  2. British Informal. fashionable; well dressed; smart.

noun, plural dink·ies.

  1. dinkey.

noun, plural dink·eys.

  1. a small locomotive, especially with a switch engine.

adjective dinkier or dinkiest informal

  1. British small and neat; dainty
  2. US inconsequential; insignificant

1788 “neat, trim, dainty, small,” from Scottish dialectal dink “finely dressed, trim” (c.1500), of unknown origin. Modern sense is 1850s.

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