Definition of dinkum in English:

dinkum

Line breaks: din¦kum
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪŋkəm
 
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Australian/NZ informal

adjective

(Of an article or person) genuine, honest, true: a real dinkum bloke
More example sentences
  • By the time I arrived scenes reminiscent of the end of World War II were already underway, but I interrupted the spontaneous dancing to grab these quotes from dinkum Aussies who have been doing it tough.
  • It is light and satisfying, the flakiness - the result of using real butter, unbleached flour and no preservatives - is the dinkum deal.
  • Which was just as well, really - for as every dinkum Aussie knows, booing the Prime Minister at sporting events is the Australian way.

adverb

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Really, truly, honestly.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Phrases

fair dinkum

Used to emphasize or seek confirmation of the genuineness or truth of something: Eric and his assistant are fair dinkum magicians ‘Burt’s just told me he’s packing up in a month.’ ‘Fair dinkum?’
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  • No, fair dinkum that's what Mr Stanhope said in answer to a question from the ALP's Senator Sue Mackay who had asked how Telstra could justify the new charge, which starts in July.
  • ‘It's fair dinkum, mate,’ said Don, with a straight face.
  • That's about seven questions, Tony, fair dinkum.
Used to emphasize that behaviour complies with accepted standards: they were asking a lot for the car, but fair dinkum considering its list price
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  • ‘We have been making hard decisions to show that this guarantee is fair dinkum, that our low interest rate guarantee is fair dinkum,’ he declared.
  • But to show just how fair dinkum and innocent of any charges or accusations they are - their lawyers have writs virtually flying out the door that will legally prove the media are liars and character assassins.
  • At Albrecht, the crowd was down, but with two neutral umpires centre stage and vital premiership points on offer, play was fair dinkum from the first delivery.

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