One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) dishonest or suspect.‘he knew the guy was hinky’
- ‘Sensing something hinky, the cat rose as Newby galloped out from a clump of trees, baying like a hound.’
- ‘When eagles see something they think is hinky, they will kind of pause in the air and flare out the talons.’
- ‘‘The whole thing is just way too hinky,’ he said.’
- ‘The other hinky thing about the game is its economics.’
- ‘If I even suspect something is hinky I have to look into it!’
- ‘His sources are so hinky about the topic that they won't even let him attribute the information to ‘former senior officials.’’
- ‘Accordingly, instead of mass media's big bulge of consensus and convention and conformity in the middle, the spectrum gets filled with all kinds of hinky stuff.’
- ‘I know this will sound hinky to my American readers.’
- ‘Rebus isn't the only one who gets hinky as he drives north over the Forth Bridge and turns right.’
- 1.1 (of an object) unreliable.‘my brakes are a little hinky’
- ‘It's a big Ford F - 250 diesel that he is driving, and it's got a hinky clutch.’
- ‘This leads me to believe I have something hinky going on with my video card.’
1950s: of obscure origin.
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