dinkum


adjective Australian.

  1. genuine; authentic.

adjective Australian and NZ informal

  1. genuine or righta dinkum bloke
  2. fair dinkum genuine or true: used to emphasize the truth of something or in asking for the truth of something to be confirmedBack to the states? Fair dinkum?
  3. dinkum oil archaic the truth
n.

1888, “hard work,” Australian slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Lincolnshire dialect. Meaning “honest, genuine” is attested from 1894.

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