1. (Aus.) work, esp. hard work, a due share of work.
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 30: It took us an hour’s hard dinkum to get near the peak.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 23: Dinkum, hard work or honest toil.|
|Exploring Aus. Eng. 14: Miners in Derbyshire, for example, used dinkum to mean ‘work’, especially hard work [...] From meaning ‘strenuous effort’, dinkum came to mean ‘genuine’ or ‘authentic’, and gained a much wider currency in Australia than it had in the English county from which it came.|
2. (also dincum) the truth.
|N.Z. Truth 4 Aug. 4/7: Then I told him the straight dincum.|
|Anzac Book 56/1: I was on the beach one day when a friend met me and asked if I had heard the latest dinkum.|
|Aussie (France) XII Mar. 1/1: They separated it from the ice, thawed it out, and delightedly absorbed the retrieved liquid joy. That’s dinkum.|
|Queenslander (Brisbane) 28 Nov. 6/2: ‘A friend? Is that dinkum?’ ‘Certainly’.|
|Western Mail (Perth) 4 June 2/2: He seems to be a cross between a squarehead and a Jap.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/2: dinkum (dinky, dinkum oil) – true or truth.|
|Big Smoke 211: Why didn’t I take all your money? [...] Why did I only take sixpence if it wasn’t dinkum?|
|(con. 1941) Gunner 167: Why would I want to have you on? It’s dinkum, I tell you, the good oil.|
3. an Australian, spec. an Australian soldier in WWI .
|Aussie (France) 18 Jan. 3/1: ‘And how often do you get to leave Australia?’ asked the inquisitive old lady. / ‘Once every war,’ replied one of the dinkums; ‘at the end of it.’.|
|Kia Ora Coo-ee 15 Apr. 2/2: Cooking for a mob of Dinkums is about the most thankless job that I know of, and in my time I have tackled all kinds of employment.|
|(con. WW1) Sydney Morn. Herald 25 May 24/4: The second shipment of Anzacs were called The Dinkums; the third the Super-Dinkums.|
4. something genuine.
|Heroin Annie [e-book] That made three Castletons, two fakes and a dinkum.‘Stockyards at Jerilderie’ in|