dink

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Imitative. Originally US. Attested since the 1930s.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. (tennis) A soft drop shot.
    • 2018 February 12, Ava Wallace, “New mother Serena Williams returns to tennis, with a little rust and plenty to learn”, in Washington Post[1]:
      But what I saw is she still has that sense of, ‘Okay, I need to hit a dink shot, I need to come with power now, I need to change up my serve not for a flat one, but a big kick.’
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Verb[edit]

dink (third-person singular simple present dinks, present participle dinking, simple past and past participle dinked)

  1. (tennis) To play a soft drop shot.
  2. (soccer) To chip lightly, to play a light chip shot.
    The forward dinked the ball over the goalkeeper to score his first goal of the season.
    • 2010 December 28, Kevin Darlin, “West Brom 1 - 3 Blackburn”, in BBC[2]:
      But the visitors started the game in stunning fashion when Morten Gamst Pedersen dinked forward a clever looping pass and Kalinic beat the offside trap, surged into the box and beautifully placed the ball past goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown. Attested since the 1930s.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) A ride on the crossbar or handlebars of a bicycle.
    I gave him a dink on my bike.

Verb[edit]

dink (third-person singular simple present dinks, present participle dinking, simple past and past participle dinked)

  1. (Australia, colloquial) To carry someone on a pushbike: behind, on the crossbar or on the handlebar.
    • 1947, John Lehmann (editor), The Penguin New Writing, Issue 30, page 103,
      I didn't like them at all ; only the lame one who used to let me dink him home on his bicycle.

Etymology 3[edit]

Origin unknown. Attested since the 1960s. Compare Chink, a derogatory term for a Chinese person.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. (US, military slang, pejorative, dated) A North Vietnamese soldier.
    • 1989, Craig Roberts and Charles W. Sasser, The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam, page 197:
      Our job was to go out on night patrols and stay behind to zap any dinks we caught sneaking back to their holes at dawn.

Etymology 4[edit]

Initialism. Originally US. Attested since the 1980s.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. (US) Double Income No Kids - a childless couple with two jobs.

Etymology 5[edit]

See dinkum.

Adjective[edit]

dink

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) Honest, fair, true.
  2. (Australia, New Zealand) Genuine, proper, fair dinkum.

Adverb[edit]

dink (not comparable)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand) Honestly, truly.
    • 2006, Pip Wilson, Face in the Street, page 323:
      Are you The Banjo? Fair dink no bull? Oh, sorry, lady, I mean ... dinki-di?

Noun[edit]

dink (uncountable)

  1. (Australia, Northern England) Hard work, especially one's share of a task.
  2. (historical, dated) A soldier from Australia or New Zealand, a member of the ANZAC forces during the First World War.

Etymology 6[edit]

Origin unknown. Attested since the late nineteenth century.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. (Canada, US, colloquial, slang) A penis.
    • 2004, Brian Francis, Fruit: A Novel about a Boy and his Nipples, page 2:
      The hair on my legs is softer than the hair around my dink, but it still grosses me out.
  2. (Canada, US, colloquial, slang) A foolish person, a despised person. [from 1960s]
    • 1997, Chris Gudgeon, You’re Not as Good as You Think, page 13:
      [] he was a dink, and all the money, fame, and power in the world wouldn't change that one simple fact.

Etymology 7[edit]

Origin unknown. Attested in English and in Scots since the sixteenth century.

Adjective[edit]

dink (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Finely dressed, elegant.
    • 1821, Walter Scott, Kenilworth, page 249:
      All these floated along with the immense tide of population, whom mere curiosity had drawn together; and where the mechanic in his leathern apron, elbowed the dink and dainty dame, his city mistress []

Etymology 8[edit]

See dinq.

Adjective[edit]

dink (not comparable)

  1. (US, military) Alternative spelling of dinq

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch dinken, a regional variant of denken.

Verb[edit]

dink (present dink, present participle denkende, past dag or dog, past participle gedag or gedog or gedink)

  1. to think
    • 1939, Jaarboek, page 44:
      Ons het gedag dat die behoefte om te pleit om 'n dergelike samewerikng []
    • 1951, Suid-Afrikaanse Hofverslae, volume 3, page 79:
      [] ek het gedag dat met my man se dood dit sal nou tot niet geraak het.
    • 1993, A Grammar of Afrikaans, Bruce Donaldson, page 223:
      Hy het gedag/gedog/gedink ek sou eers môre kom.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The regular past form het gedink can be used in all senses.
  • The irregular past forms dag, dog; het gedag, het gedog can only be used in the sense of “to believe, to reckon (that)”, but not in the sense of “to think about, to ponder”.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. Attested in Old Scots circa 1500.

Adjective[edit]

dink (comparative mair dink, superlative maist dink)

  1. neat and tidy

Verb[edit]

dink (third-person singular present dinks, present participle dinkin, past dinkt, past participle dinkt)

  1. to deck
  2. to dress neatly

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably a variant of English dint, a dent or mark left by a blow.

Noun[edit]

dink (plural dinks)

  1. a bruise

Verb[edit]

dink (third-person singular present dinks, present participle dinkin, past dinkt, past participle dinkt)

  1. to dent, to bruise

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