One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Small; insignificant.‘I can't believe the dinky salaries they pay here’
- ‘This one's kinda dinky, but I'm not getting as much time to write as I'd thought.’
- ‘With so many speaker systems to choose from, there's little need to listen to a movie through the dinky hookup in your television.’
- ‘Finally, about half an hour later, Lauryn was dressed, fed, and in the dinky vehicle she liked to call a car, on her way to Chris's house.’
- ‘It is fair to say the only Porsche I could have afforded would have been a dinky toy.’
- ‘The dark was broken only by a few dinky lampposts here and there along the stretch of bumpy road.’
- ‘I don't want dinky little reviews that tell me nothing.’
- ‘I'd probably be stuck in Flordia, going to work every single day, and getting married at a dorky, dinky wedding down there.’
- ‘At best, the application could be called dinky; the interface is horrendous, and there is no user manual, or anything to really indicate what is going on.’
- ‘‘If I can do all this from a little dinky office with no funding,’ he exclaims, ‘imagine what the FBI could do!’’
- ‘When I recently rammed the rear of a dinky Toyota on the Ventura Freeway, I bent it up pretty badly.’
- ‘We drove over and found a somewhat dinky little dirt park adjoining a railroad track.’
- ‘That's why Curtis has the least powerful computer at Merrill Lynch on his desk, along with a dinky monitor.’
- ‘This isn't a dinky log jump we're talking about; it's big air with even bigger consequences, so you've got to be certain you can clear the gap before you launch.’
- ‘Indeed, almost three decades on, his gift for moving is so astonishing that he makes Longborough's dinky stage feel ten times the size it is.’
- ‘Of course I mean more than a small dinky deposit, anyone with some geological training or even studying can figure out probable areas where there might be a deposit.’
- ‘After the heroic installations of Judd, Flavin and Andre on the lower floors of the Guggenheim, McCollum's modestly sized, wall-mounted works looked, well, dinky.’
- ‘Our daughter lives with us, not some teacher and her husband in a dinky apartment!’
- ‘Are we going to be living in some small, dinky shack with no running water and a cast iron cauldron for cooking?’
- ‘I gripped my dinky plastic fork we were supplied with by the mean cafeteria ladies in my hand; I was very tempted to just stab her.’
- ‘How in the world could a school with such a dinky gym ever help a league with big-time aspirations?’
Late 18th century: from Scots and northern English dialect dink ‘neat, trim’, of unknown origin.
A partner in a well-off working couple with no children.
- ‘"They're dinkies," Doyle nodded across the aisle.’
- ‘They're dinkies, and she works on lots of temporary contracts so she gets to spend a lot of the winter up there.’
- ‘No kiddies, old man. Not yet, anyway. Just a couple dinkies, that's us.’
1980s: acronym from double income, no kids, on the pattern of yuppy.
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