kink

noun
\ ˈkiŋk How to pronounce kink (audio) \

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

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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 Thirty-six-year-old Charlotte has been part of the kink community since 2015. Yasmin Lajoie, refinery29.com, "“Kink Helped My Mental Health”. The Healing Benefits Of BDSM," 1 Dec. 2020 Woods hits a straight, 290-yard drive, avoiding the bunkers to the left at the kink of the fairway. Los Angeles Times, "Dustin Johnson holds four-stroke lead at Masters; Tiger Woods falls back," 14 Nov. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has put a kink in automakers' production plans, but that didn't stop people from wanting to buy cars. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Fewer Cars on Dealer Lots Is a 2020 Thing That May Endure beyond the Year," 27 Nov. 2020 Most owners can’t wait for an architect to untangle every kink in the ductwork. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 Another common kink, in most horror and in my faves, is the shot from the bad guy’s point of view. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Just in time for Halloween, stream the 7 scariest movies ever made," 30 Oct. 2020 If the economy is a hose conveying a stream of water, covid-19 is a kink constricting the torrent. The Economist, "What GDP can and cannot tell you about the post-pandemic economy," 29 Oct. 2020 If Japanese domestic market (JDM) performance cars are your kink, Toprank's modest facility in Cypress, California, is your dungeon of pleasure. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R Still Feels Special," 10 Nov. 2020 Each receptor, ingenious in its design, recognized some characteristic microbial or viral signature—a kink in a virus’s RNA, a crenellation in a microbial cell wall. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Hacks the Immune System," 2 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The inspectors also faulted the home for allowing an oxygen tube to kink while the resident used it. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "San Mateo County nursing home where 16 died has history of health violations," 26 June 2020 This is visible in the top row of photos below, where the ring (the dark band) can be seen to kink inward. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Researchers count the kinks in a ring, predict their stability," 15 May 2020 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, chicagotribune.com, "Motorcycle racing's 'most dangerous' event is underway and a rider is already dead," 1 June 2018

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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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Last Updated

20 Dec 2020

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“Kink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kink. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for kink

kink

noun
How to pronounce kink (audio)

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 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

kink

noun
\ ˈkiŋk How to pronounce kink (audio) \

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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