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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Synonyms for kink

Synonyms: Noun

charley horse, cramp, crick, spasm

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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

Type 2 means waves, while 3s are spiraled curls, and 4s are kinks and coils. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "How to Figure Out Your Curl Type and Why It Actually Helps," 14 Jan. 2019 This is another scenario Powell, who specializes in LGBTQ+ communities along with kink and polyamory, sees quite often. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 For the contract to really work, there are kinks to work out. Peter Kolchinsky, WSJ, "Let’s Throw a Patent-Burning Party," 30 Sep. 2018 Fear and discomfort around bondage and kink typically come out of misunderstanding what BDSM is—and is not. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 The integration with Alexa still has some kinks to work out. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "4 of the best high-tech small appliances," 13 Sep. 2018 For starters, the inversion between two-year and five-year Treasury yields could be a temporary kink. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Inverted Yield Curves Aren’t a Crystal Ball," 4 Dec. 2018 Duvernay-Tardif’s dominance in Canada caught the eye of many NFL scouts, though his sudden emergence as an NFL prospect put a kink in his academic plans. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Chiefs Lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Graduates From Medical School," 29 May 2018 People within the kink community seek each other out for comfort and healing. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "7 Things You Didn't Know About "Spanking Therapy"," 4 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Also give some thought to replacing copper tubing which often kinks and detaches too easily. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Install Leak Detectors to Save Yourself From Water Damage," 20 Oct. 2016 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

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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)
chiefly US : 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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