dinky dinky  /ˈdɪŋ ki/


  1. (n) a small locomotive
  2. (adj) small and insignificant
  3. (adj) (British informal) pretty and neat


  1. It was actually a five wheeler, with the dinky 2-hp Briggs and Stratton engine driving a traction wheel on the back, like a boat's outboard motor.
  2. Two cautionary notes: The sound output is dinky, so you'll want to use it with headphones, which makes it less fun for the whole family, or an external speaker, which makes it bulky.
  3. Don't want a doll, no dinky tinkertoy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy.


  1. PRINCETON: Save the Dinky wins court ruling

    A judge ruled Friday that Save the Dinky Inc. and eight other plaintiffs can have their day in court to challenge Princeton University from moving the terminus of the New Jersey Transit train line.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Princeton Packet

  2. In the field: Look close to find the good stuff

    It was just prairie; nothing special. My project site covered no more than two acres. I’d add a quarter mile buffer around the perimeter but, even with that, it was only about 30 acres since a busy highway served as a barrier in one direction. As a wildlife survey site, it was dinky.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Laramie Boomerang


  1. Back in May, oil industry expert Matt Simmons told MSNBC "All that oil didn't come from that little dinky hole," referring to the video flow from the BOP.
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Matthew Simmons Source: Examiner.com

  2. "It was all dinky-dunk routes," defensive tackle Chris Hovan said. "If we had a little more pressure, get Eli patting the ball a little bit back there, we might have got a big play or turnover and given our offense a short field to work...
    on Jan 6, 2008 By: Chris Hovan Source: New York Times

  3. "It's all there," says Sereno, "including the dinky arms."
    on Sep 17, 2009 By: Paul Sereno Source: TIME

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