kink

1 of 2

noun

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

kink

2 of 2

verb

kinked; kinking; kinks

intransitive verb

: to form a kink

transitive verb

: to make a kink in

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
At a press conference Tuesday, Adams, a Democrat, suggested that allowing users to find issues is just part of ironing out kinks in new technology. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 Get everything set up one day ahead for a practice run to work out any kinks. William Neff, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2024 That didn’t stop the team from trying to iron out a few kinks with its 2024 car, RB 20. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 8 Mar. 2024 Some wildland firefighters describe the fire bug as something that’s always existed inside them, like a kink in their DNA. M. R. O’Connor, The New Yorker, 29 Feb. 2024 As with all startups and all AI, there are kinks to work out. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2024 Scar tissue forms adhesions, which can cause your intestines to become twisted and blocked, almost like a garden hose with a kink. Pam Moore, C.p.t., SELF, 13 Mar. 2024 Due to a kink in the FAFSA system, parents without social security numbers are unable to complete their portion of the application. Hannah Poukish, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, Big Tech players, such as Apple, have been more conservative in their AI efforts, waiting for others to work out the kinks. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 23 Feb. 2024
Verb
In heavy fog, the towboat's pilot, Willie Odom, struck the bridge, which forced the end of the bridge span out of alignment by about 3 feet and kinked the track. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 The container should be big enough to accommodate the roots without bending or kinking them. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Frieze Cut: Frieze carpet is distinguished by its long fibers that are twisted together and kinked, resulting in a curly, knobby-looking surface often compared to a shag carpet. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Dec. 2023 That practically eliminates the chance of the line kinking. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 Testers found that the hose did kink a bit, but the kinks straightened out quickly. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 June 2023 The hose straightened out nicely when unpackaged and didn’t kink during testing. Camryn Rabideau, Peoplemag, 7 June 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Dutch; akin to Middle Low German kinke kink

First Known Use

Noun

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1625, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of kink was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Kink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kink. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

kink

1 of 2 noun
1
: a short tight twist or curl (as in a thread, rope, or hose)
2
: cramp entry 1 sense 1
a kink in my back
3
: an imperfection that makes something hard to use or work

kink

2 of 2 verb
: to form or cause to form a kink

Medical Definition

kink

1 of 2 noun
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

kink

2 of 2 intransitive verb
: to form a kink

transitive verb

: to make a kink in
blood vessels have been kinked and shut offBenjamin Spock

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