[hingk-tee] /ˈhɪŋk ti/

adjective, hinctier, hinctiest. Slang.
conceited or snobbish.
[hing-kee] /ˈhɪŋ ki/
adjective, hinkier, hinkiest. Slang.
acting in a nervous or very cautious way.
Whenever he agrees with me, you know something hinky is going on!
snobbish; haughty.

nervous or suspicious; acting suspiciously

The teenagers were acting hinky.
Word Origin

alteration of hincty
Usage Note

hinkier, hinkiest

“conceited,” by 1924 in U.S. black slang. Cf. obsolete Scottish hichty (c.1500), considered an alteration of height-y.


[1924+ Black; origin unknown]


Suspicious; curious: Something hinky is going down/ driver of the pimpmobile looks hinky

Related Terms


[1970s+; origin unknown]


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