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kink

noun \ ˈkiŋk \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of kink

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

Examples of kink in a Sentence

  1. got a kink in my neck from lying in that awkward position for too long

  2. the boss's fondness for nicknames is one of those kinks that staffers just have to put up with

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Origin and Etymology of kink

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German kinke kink

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kink

verb

Definition of kink

: to form a kink
: to make a kink in

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First Known Use of kink

1697

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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KINK Defined for English Language Learners

kink

Definition of kink for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

kink

noun \ ˈkiŋk \

Definition of kink for Students

1 : a short tight twist or curl (as in a thread or hose)
2 : 1cramp 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.

kinky

\ˈkiŋk-ē\ adjective
  • kinky hair

Medical Dictionary

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kink

noun \ ˈkiŋk \

medical Definition of kink

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

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kink

intransitive verb

medical Definition of kink

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


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