Definition of Dinkum

1. Adjective. (Australia slang) Genuine, true, honest, on the level. (defdate From 1894) ¹



2. Noun. (Australia slang) Hard work. (defdate From 1888) ¹

3. Noun. (Australia slang) Truth. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dinkum

1. the truth [n -S] - See also: truth

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dinkum

dinitrotoluene
dinitrotoluenes
dinked
dinker
dinkest
dinkey
dinkeys
dinkier
dinkies
dinkiest
dinkily
dinking
dinkly
dinks
dinkum (current term)
dinkums
dinky
dinky-die
dinmont
dinmonts
dinna
dinned
dinner
dinner-hour
dinner-time
dinner-times
dinner bell
dinner bucket
dinner dress

Literary usage of Dinkum

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1. "Over There" with the Australians by R. Hugh Knyvett (1918)
"No one in the Australian army but knows the meaning of "dinkum." Its meaning is something the same as the American "on the level! ..."

2. The War and the Future by John Masefield (1918)
"The Major said: "Yes, I'm Major Fair dinkum." At the inquest on Major dinkum, they found that he had taken the uniform from a dead Major of the thirteenth ..."

3. Service with Fighting Men: An Account of the Work of the American Young Men by William Howard Taft (1922)
""It was dinkum, square dinkum, and dinkum again." They felt that they were being treated like "blinkin' kings" and expressed their appreciation in such ..."

4. Daytrips Eastern Australia: 60 One Day Adventures by Car, Rail Or Bus by James Postell (2004)
"... or a tea break Damper - unleavened bread traditionally cooked on a camp fire Digger - an honest man, a hard worker, a patriot dinkum - honest, genuine, ..."

5. Publications by English Dialect Society (1879)
"... s. grass-land, after the hay-crop has been taken oti'. Ee, s. a ran of water. AS ed, a river. Fair-dinkum, that which is just and equitable. ..."

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