Definition of dinkum in English:



Australian, NZ
  • (of an article or person) genuine, honest, true.

    ‘Andy's dinkum hat from Australia’
    • ‘It is light and satisfying, the flakiness - the result of using real butter, unbleached flour and no preservatives - is the dinkum deal.’
    • ‘Which was just as well, really - for as every dinkum Aussie knows, booing the Prime Minister at sporting events is the Australian way.’
    • ‘It's also great fun listening out for all the dinkum Aussie accents amongst the talented cast.’
    • ‘I was getting more dinkum vernacular from the host than the callers.’
    • ‘By the time I arrived scenes reminiscent of the end of World War II were already underway, but I interrupted the spontaneous dancing to grab these quotes from dinkum Aussies who have been doing it tough.’
    sincere, honest, truthful, unhypocritical, meaning what one says, straightforward, direct, frank, candid, open
    authentic, real, actual, original, pukka, bona fide, true, veritable, unfeigned, unadulterated, unalloyed
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  • fair (or square or straight) dinkum

    • 1informal Used to emphasize or seek confirmation of the genuineness or truth of something.

      ‘it's a fair dinkum Aussie wedding’
      • ‘No, fair dinkum that's what Mr Stanhope said in answer to a question from the ALP's Senator Sue Mackay who had asked how Telstra could justify the new charge, which starts in July.’
      • ‘Don't worry about me; I swear to you, straight dinkum, that I am absolutely comfortable.’
      • ‘That's about seven questions, Tony, fair dinkum.’
      • ‘I just regard myself as a fair dinkum, honest person.’
      • ‘I'll buy you the best wedding bouquet in Ballarat — square dinkum, I will!’
      • ‘‘It's fair dinkum, mate,’ said Don, with a straight face.’
      • ‘Or one featuring a bus using its enormously powerful and technical-sounding engine to drag a rock away so that a fair dinkum Aussie farmer can finish a fence.’
      1. 1.1Used to emphasize that behavior complies with accepted standards.
        ‘they were asking a lot for the car, but fair dinkum considering its list price’
        • ‘At Albrecht, the crowd was down, but with two neutral umpires centre stage and vital premiership points on offer, play was fair dinkum from the first delivery.’
        • ‘‘We have been making hard decisions to show that this guarantee is fair dinkum, that our low interest rate guarantee is fair dinkum,’ he declared.’
        • ‘But to show just how fair dinkum and innocent of any charges or accusations they are - their lawyers have writs virtually flying out the door that will legally prove the media are liars and character assassins.’
        • ‘I think you'll most probably see a few more unless they really sit down in a fair dinkum manner and say enough's enough.’
        • ‘Bring on a fresh face to implement the sound policies proposed in the budget-reply speech, and it will be taken as fair dinkum.’


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.