Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Old-fashioned; worn-out.
  • adj. Insignificant; unimportant.
  • adj. Of cheap or poor quality; makeshift.
  • n. One that is regarded as old-fashioned, worn-out, insignificant, or cheap in quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of poor or inferior quality; hokey; sloppy; chintzy; small; flimsy; inadequate.

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • If Google just got contacts sharing right, sooooo many little rinky-dink Exchange wannabees would go out of business.

    Google Contacts Open To Non-Gmail Users | Lifehacker Australia

  • At 60, however, having reached a nadir — he loses his job teaching fifth-grade history at a second-rate school and moves from his substantial place to a “rinky-dink starter apartment” — he gets a do-over.

    Cover to Cover

  • Imagine a zombie-style outbreak film told within the confines of a rinky-dink radio station, as residents of Pontypool call in with the terrifying news of their neighbors and loved ones turning into rabid, murderous creatures.

    Wish List Wednesday #40: Pontypool Changes Everything

  • It starts off with two FBI agents, played by Bill Pullman and Julia Ormand, driving to a rinky-dink town in the middle of nowhere to investigate a mass murder that includes the death of one of the local police officers, played by French Stewart.

    Rabid Rewind: Surveillance

  • Japan "is not some Third World country with rinky-dink technology," said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.

    Poll: Fears of nuclear disaster in U.S. rise after Japan quake

  • Now will you admit that your claim that all new mass transit projects are rinky-dink and are “dwarfed” by increases in car travel are flat-out wrong?

    Matthew Yglesias » Mass Transit is As American as Apple Pie

  • Last week, tricked by a crew from "The Daily Show" into believing that a group of visitors was from the Finnish philanthropic group the Daughters of Helsinki, Glenn Beck admitted that he adores Bill Moyers and thinks that "All Things Considered" makes his own show sound like "some rinky-dink college radio station from Paducah."

    The Gotcha Videos You Haven't Seen

  • The cities you mention have built a few dozen miles of rinky-dink light-rail lines that cover just a minuscule fraction of their urban areas and provide only a minuscule fraction of transportation each city, comparable to a busy bus route.

    Matthew Yglesias » Doing It Low-Tech

  • The rinky-dink light rail lines that have been built in various American cities over the past 30 years or so are far too limited have a significant effect on development.

    Matthew Yglesias » The American Urban Paradox

  • "I have this rinky-dink car that does not do well in this," Grove said.

    Winter Weather: Deadly Snowstorm Closes Major Roadways In Plains, Southwest

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