\ 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


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


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

As a fashion industry mainstay, Kloss has been to many Met Galas in her time, but that doesn't mean she's entirely worked out the kinks. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karlie Kloss and Josh Kushner's Met Gala Looks Almost Didn't Happen," 6 May 2019 While folding screens will almost certainly be a reality one day, the Galaxy Fold saga has proven that manufacturers still need to work out some kinks. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run further internal tests' following poor reviews," 22 Apr. 2019 Present-day Tumblr has substantial LGBT, kink, fetish, and BDSM representation, for example. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Verizon takes aim at Tumblr’s kneecaps, bans all adult content," 3 Dec. 2018 Blake, who goes by the pronouns they/them, references a wide array of kink — from B.D.S.M. to furries — as an artist while also pushing institutional boundaries as a curator. Julia Sherman, New York Times, "A Cookbook of Artists’ Creative Summer Desserts," 22 June 2018 Some kissing guidelines apply to basically everyone who doesn’t have a few very specific kinks. Don’t lick someone’s entire face in the manner of an excitable golden retriever. Gigi Engle, SELF, "We Asked 14 People How to Make Kissing Even Better," 28 Mar. 2019 The Micolino was first introduced in 2016, and it’s taken a few years to work out the logistical kinks of making such a small car road ready. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The adorable Microlino car just got approved for European streets," 23 July 2018 Make sure you're registered to vote in the upcoming midterms and enjoy your kinks responsibly. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is Bigfoot Erotica? So Glad You Asked!," 30 July 2018 From the looks of it, Lincecum still has some kinks to iron out. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Tim Lincecum lost his glove in the middle of a pitch in his first game since 2016," 8 May 2018

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,, "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


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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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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