Something that’s dinky is very small or unimportant. A college freshmen might be shocked at how dinky her dorm room is.

You might live in a dinky apartment or sit down to a child’s tea party, sipping out of dinky, doll-sized tea cups. Dinky, meaning “tiny,” is often used to complain about the smallness or insignificance of something: “All I get is this dinky slice of cake, after I helped you bake it?” Other meanings include a small metal model of a car and a little train car. It comes from the Scottish dink, “trim” or “neat.”

Definitions of dinky
  1. adjective

    small and insignificant

    “we stayed in a
    dinky old hotel”

    little, small

    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. noun

    a small locomotive

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    type 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

  3. adjective

    (British informal) pretty and neat

    “what a
    dinky little hat”


    pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

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