kink

noun
\ˈkiŋk \

Definition of kink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short tight twist or curl caused by a doubling or winding of something upon itself

2a : a mental or physical peculiarity : eccentricity, quirk

b : whim

3 : a clever unusual way of doing something

4 : a cramp in some part of the body

5 : an imperfection likely to cause difficulties in the operation of something

6 : unconventional sexual taste or behavior

kink

verb
kinked; kinking; kinks

Definition of kink (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form a kink

transitive verb

: to make a kink in

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Examples of kink in a Sentence

Noun

got a kink in my neck from lying in that awkward position for too long the boss's fondness for nicknames is one of those kinks that staffers just have to put up with

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clearly, the Milwaukee Brewers' new-look offensive unit has some kinks to work out. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Brewers' offense largely a no-show on their opening home stand," 8 Apr. 2018 Another surprise that highlighted a kink to be worked out: Parents would order a pizza for their children before leaving for a night out on the town. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Pizza Delivery Gears Up for a Driverless Era," 26 June 2018 So many of the kinks are still being worked out, said Yoshi Kohno, a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you," 25 May 2018 Image Since then, Tesla has raced to iron out kinks in the assembly process, mainly by scrapping some complicated robotic machines that proved ill suited to certain tasks, and hiring hundreds of workers to replace them. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Can Elon Musk and Tesla Reinvent the Way Cars Are Made?," 30 June 2018 My feeling is that the third part of the rule, where intent will be legislated, is where players will have a problem, and where officials will be working through the kinks in September and October. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Dolphins Reset, Patriots Regroup, NFL Recharges," 4 June 2018 One of those machine guns and the Close-in Weapon System -- a Gatling gun designed to shoot down incoming missiles -- both jammed during the exercise, a reminder of how important the drills are to iron out kinks to make the vessel combat-ready. Ivan Watson And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Destroyer with a history shows US flag in Pacific," 1 Apr. 2018 Tip: To get the kinks out of a soaker hose that has been stored tightly coiled, unroll the hose and let the sun warm it for an hour or more. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Use Soaker Hoses To Install A Drip Irrigation System In Your Garden," 7 Mar. 2017 Despite some early kinks, Brown said, the transition was going well, especially later in the afternoon when fewer court cases were called. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "After months of delay, Cook County begins first day of electronic filing for civil cases," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More than 400 turns and corners kink the raceway, according to Sports Illustrated, making the contest among the most difficult high-speed races on earth — and one of the most deadly. Kyle Swenson, chicagotribune.com, "Motorcycle racing's 'most dangerous' event is underway and a rider is already dead," 1 June 2018 Using your kink as a smokescreen for abusing women is a) a classic abuser’s tool, and b) a wildly inaccurate misrepresentation of what BDSM/kink actually is. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Eric Schneiderman and Men Who Excuse Violence As ‘Kink’," 8 May 2018 The little clamp doesn't kink or pull hair, either. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "The best hair styling tools of 2018," 1 May 2018 Other details, such as the angular headlights and tortuously kinked sheetmetal, may appeal to some buyers. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota Prius," 17 Jan. 2018 Speaking specifically to kink, and even more specifically to name-calling in bed, what happens within a consensual relationship is incomparable to the heinous non-consensual treatment women experience in the workplace. Sophie Saint Thomas, GQ, "How to Talk Dirty Without Being a Bad Man," 18 Jan. 2018 And while being kinky still comes with social stigmas, Stephanie*, a 25-year-old woman involved in the New York City kink scene, says kinks are increasingly viewed as mainstream. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 of the Most Common Sexual Fetishes," 1 Nov. 2017 Like many contemporary movies, this one kinks up its timeline. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: Christopher Plummer Dominates ‘All the Money in the World’," 24 Dec. 2017 According to the automaker, a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable may result in a door that will not open or will not close. William Thornton, AL.com, "Ford issues recall for 1.3 million trucks," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of kink

Noun

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1697, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for kink

Noun

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German kinke kink

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kink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kink

: a tight bend or curl in something (such as a rope or hose)

: a pain especially in your neck or back that is caused by tight muscles

: a small problem or flaw

kink

noun
\ˈkiŋk \

Kids Definition of kink

1 : a short tight twist or curl (as in a thread or hose)

2 : cramp entry 1 sense 1 I've got a kink in my back.

3 : an imperfection that makes something hard to use or work We need more rehearsals to work out the kinks.

Other Words from kink

kinky \ ˈkiŋk-​ē \ adjective kinky hair

kink

noun
\ˈkiŋk \

Medical Definition of kink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short tight twist or curl caused by a doubling or winding of something upon itself

2 : a cramp in some part of the body

Medical Definition of kink (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a kink

transitive verb

: to make a kink in blood vessels have been kinked and shut off— Benjamin Spock

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