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DINKY (dinkier, dinkiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dinky mean? 

DINKY (noun)
  The noun DINKY has 1 sense:

1. a small locomotive

  Familiarity information: DINKY used as a noun is very rare.


DINKY (adjective)
  The adjective DINKY has 2 senses:

1. small and insignificant
2. (British informal) pretty and neat

  Familiarity information: DINKY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DINKY (noun)


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Meaning:

A small locomotive

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

dinkey; dinky

Hypernyms ("dinky" is a kind of...):

engine; locomotive; locomotive engine; railway locomotive (a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks)


DINKY (adjective)


Sense 1dinky [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small and insignificant

Context example:

we stayed in a dinky old hotel

Similar:

little; small (limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2dinky [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(British informal) pretty and neat

Context example:

what a dinky little hat

Similar:

attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


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