- 1. true, real, genuine, straight-up;2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc.: 'Are you dinkum about it?';3. truly;4. excellent or remarkable example of its kind: 'You little dinkum'
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dinkum — ► ADJECTIVE Austral./NZ informal ▪ genuine. ● fair dinkum Cf. ↑fair dinkum ORIGIN of unknown origin … English terms dictionary
dinkum — [diŋ′kəm] adj. [< dial. (Lincolnshire), a fair share of work < ?] [Austral. Slang] honest or genuine adv. [Austral. Slang] honestly or genuinely: Often in the phrase fair dinkum … English World dictionary
dinkum — 1888, hard work, Australian slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Lincolnshire dialect. Meaning honest, genuine is attested from 1894 … Etymology dictionary
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
dinkum — I. adjective Etymology: English dialect dinkum, noun, work, share of work Date: 1905 Australian & New Zealand authentic, genuine often used with fair < I was fair dinkum about my interest in their culture Percy Trezise > II. adverb Date: 1915 … New Collegiate Dictionary
dinkum — adjective genuine; usually in the phrase fair dinkum (or straight dinkum) … Wiktionary
dinkum — Australian Slang 1. true, real, genuine, straight up; 2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc.: Are you dinkum about it? ; 3. truly; 4. excellent or remarkable example of its kind: You little dinkum 5. honest … English dialects glossary
dinkum — din|kum [ˈdıŋkəm] adj fair dinkum spoken informal fair or honest used in Australian English … Dictionary of contemporary English
dinkum — din|kum [ dıŋkəm ] adjective fair dinkum AUSTRALIAN SPOKEN real or honest … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
dinkum — adj Australian See fair dinkum … Contemporary slang