Definition of rinky-dink in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪŋkɪˈdɪŋk/


informal, chiefly North American
Old-fashioned, amateurish, or shoddy: the fifty-third issue of the quarterly looked just as rinky-dink as the first
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  • Danny's handing out rinky-dink rhinestone necklaces.
  • To hell with these rinky-dink laminated badges, we need capes.
  • Why get so worked up over a rinky-dink league that most people aren't watching any way?


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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