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Nov 16, 2021
This week’s theme
Words with opposite or contradictory meanings

This week’s words
farouche
dinky
shifty
endsville
presently


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dinky

PRONUNCIATION:
(DING-kee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. (In the US) Small; insignificant; undesirable.
2. (In the UK) Attractively tiny; cute.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Scots dink (neat, trim). Earliest documented use: 1788.

USAGE:
“My hometown is a dinky place no one’s ever heard of, and it could use some philanthropic donations for the budget gaps.”
Kylie Gilmore; Rogue Beast; Extra Fancy Books; 2020.

“Ms [Ghislaine] Maxwell was invariably described as an ‘Oxford-educated British socialite’. She dropped dinky British phrases into her conversation.”
Fading Anglophilia; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 11, 2020.

See more usage examples of dinky in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them. -Chinua Achebe, writer and professor (16 Nov 1930-2013)

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