dinkum dinky

a car, particularly a large, impressive car. Said self-deprecatingly or admiringly by nouveau-riche working-class speakers and Sloane Rangers. Dinky Toys were a brand of miniature model cars popular among children in the 1950s and early 1960s.
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► 'I have had my year of being a dinky (double income, no kids) and I lost all my friends of any worth to it.' (Richard Jobson, Sunday Times, 9 July 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • dinkum — /ˈdɪŋkəm / (say dingkuhm) Colloquial –adjective 1. Also, dinky di, fair dinkum. true; honest; genuine: dinkum Aussie. 2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc. –adverb 3. truly: * I ll just keep my eyes closed all the time, dinkum… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dinky-di — /ˈdɪŋki daɪ / (say dingkee duy) adjective → dinkum. {alteration of dinkum} …   Australian English dictionary

  • dinky-di — |diŋkē|dī adjective Etymology: alteration of dinkum 1. Australia : loyal, true 2. Australia : dinkum …   Useful english dictionary

  • dinky-di — adj a. Australian the real thing (pronounced [dinkee die]). Perhaps an embellishment of fair dinkum. b. British perfect, fine (pronounced [dinkee dee]; the spelling is arbitrary). A pseudo nursery term like diddly dum, probably invented by… …   Contemporary slang

  • dinky — I. /ˈdɪŋki / (say dingkee) Colloquial –adjective (dinkier, dinkiest) 1. of small size. 2. neat; dainty; smart. –noun (plural dinkies) 3. a small tricycle. {British dialect} II. /ˈdɪŋki / (say dingkee) adjective, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • dinky-die — adjective genuine Syn: dinkum …   Wiktionary

  • dinky-di — [ˌdɪŋkɪ dʌɪ] adjective Austral./NZ informal variant of dinkum …   English new terms dictionary

  • Australian English vocabulary — Many works giving an overview of Australian English have been published; many of these are humour books designed for tourists or as novelties. One of the first was Karl Lentzner s Dictionary of the Slang English of Australia and of Some Mixed… …   Wikipedia

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  • Inglés australiano — El inglés australiano (en inglés: Australian English; abreviación: AuE) es la forma de la lengua inglesa utilizada en Australia. Contenido 1 Historia 2 Influencias irlandesas 3 Ortografía 4 Varied …   Wikipedia Español

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