dinkum
I. adjective Etymology: English dialect dinkum, noun, work, share of work Date: 1905 Australian & New Zealand authentic, genuine — often used with fair <
I was fair dinkum about my interest in their culture — Percy Trezise
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II. adverb Date: 1915 Australian & New Zealand truly, honestly — often used with fair; often used interjectionally

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  • dinkum — ► ADJECTIVE Austral./NZ informal ▪ genuine. ● fair dinkum Cf. ↑fair dinkum ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • dinkum — [diŋ′kəm] adj. [< dial. (Lincolnshire), a fair share of work < ?] [Austral. Slang] honest or genuine adv. [Austral. Slang] honestly or genuinely: Often in the phrase fair dinkum …   English World dictionary

  • dinkum — 1888, hard work, Australian slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Lincolnshire dialect. Meaning honest, genuine is attested from 1894 …   Etymology dictionary

  • dinkum — /ˈdɪŋkəm / (say dingkuhm) Colloquial –adjective 1. Also, dinky di, fair dinkum. true; honest; genuine: dinkum Aussie. 2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc. –adverb 3. truly: * I ll just keep my eyes closed all the time, dinkum… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dinkum — adjective genuine; usually in the phrase fair dinkum (or straight dinkum) …   Wiktionary

  • Dinkum — 1. true, real, genuine, straight up; 2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc.: Are you dinkum about it? ; 3. truly; 4. excellent or remarkable example of its kind: You little dinkum …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • dinkum — Australian Slang 1. true, real, genuine, straight up; 2. seriously interested in a proposed deal, scheme, etc.: Are you dinkum about it? ; 3. truly; 4. excellent or remarkable example of its kind: You little dinkum 5. honest …   English dialects glossary

  • dinkum — din|kum [ˈdıŋkəm] adj fair dinkum spoken informal fair or honest used in Australian English …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dinkum — din|kum [ dıŋkəm ] adjective fair dinkum AUSTRALIAN SPOKEN real or honest …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dinkum — adj Australian See fair dinkum …   Contemporary slang

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