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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


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: Noun

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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 Roughly two months after Stadia’s unveiling, the service has unveiled more games and had time to work out its kinks. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "You should wait before buying a Google Stadia," 4 Feb. 2020 After about 50 minutes of tweaking and testing, though, all the technical kinks were worked out and a very impressive race ensued. Washington Post, "How to run a AGDQ: Step one, have an entire computer store on hand," 14 Jan. 2020 To remove it, take several worms out in the morning and lay them straight on your boat’s deck--the sun will heat them up enough to get the kinks out. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "Senko Tactics: Catch Huge Spring Bass Wacky-Style or Weighted," 22 May 2019 The Trump campaign is quietly accelerating robust field and data programs across Iowa to generate a show of force in the Feb. 3 caucuses by crushing his opponents while working the kinks out of its state political operation. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'The other Iowa caucuses': Trump focuses on GOP contest in bid to run up the score," 24 Jan. 2020 The 1960s kicked off the natural hair revolution, and Afro Sheen was at the forefront of changing the way Black men and women perceived their kinks and coils. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "EXCLUSIVE: Afro Sheen Is Back And We're Proud!," 8 Jan. 2020 But a side effect of the show’s state of ennui is that its most compelling element—a willingness to explore the strange humanity of its characters’ kinks and impulses—has been left behind. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "How The Deuce Sidelined Desire," 11 Sep. 2019 Indeed, Dead Petz obliterated the mold altogether, and not just in terms of its sonic kink. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Revisiting 'Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz,' the Underrated Left-Field Album That Challenged Everything," 23 Aug. 2019 The Gophers have the weekend to work out the kinks before playing host to Clemson (5-2) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge Monday at Williams Arena. Drew Cove, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ late chance blocked by unbeaten DePaul," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Badly fitting standard stents can kink and bend, leading to complications such as the growth of new tissue and tissue death, the Clinic said. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Airway stents developed by Cleveland Clinic doctor cleared for use by FDA," 8 Jan. 2020 The emergence of gay people into the mainstream and, more to the point, the ubiquity of internet pornography, have lifted Mapplethorpe’s kinks out of the shadows. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Has Robert Mapplethorpe’s Moment Passed?," 25 July 2019 Other contributors kink their straightforward renderings toward the surreal. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Some art is sultry, while other pieces are smoky," 19 July 2019 Kinks Virtually all hoses will kink, even the kink-proof kind. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 16 July 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of kink


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1697, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for kink


Dutch; akin to Middle Low German kinke kink

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28 Feb 2020

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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


\ ˈkiŋk How to pronounce kink (audio) \

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


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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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