Something that's dinky is very small or unimportant. A college freshmen might be shocked at how dinky her dorm room is.

You might live in a dinky apartment or sit down to a child's tea party, sipping out of dinky, doll-sized tea cups. Dinky, meaning "tiny," is often used to complain about the smallness or insignificance of something: "All I get is this dinky slice of cake, after I helped you bake it?" Other meanings include a small metal model of a car and a little train car. It comes from the Scottish dink, "trim" or "neat."

Definitions of dinky
  1. adjective
    small and insignificant
    “we stayed in a dinky old hotel”
    little, small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. noun
    a small locomotive
    synonyms: dinkey
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    type of:
    engine, locomotive, locomotive engine, railway locomotive
    a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks
  3. adjective
    (British informal) pretty and neat
    “what a dinky little hat”
    pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm
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