Definition of hinky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪnki/

adjective (hinkier, hinkiest)

US informal
1(Of a person) dishonest or suspect: he knew the guy was hinky
More example sentences
  • If I even suspect something is hinky I have to look into it!
  • ‘The whole thing is just way too hinky,’ he said.
  • His sources are so hinky about the topic that they won't even let him attribute the information to ‘former senior officials.’
1.1(Of an object) unreliable: my brakes are a little hinky
More example sentences
  • This leads me to believe I have something hinky going on with my video card.
  • It's a big Ford F - 250 diesel that he is driving, and it's got a hinky clutch.


1950s: of obscure origin.

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