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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 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 Google has the budget and the patience to work past those kinks. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Google Stadia Review: Streaming Game Service’s Potential and Problems Collide," 18 Nov. 2019 Before starting, be sure to check your hose and water source for any kinks or blockages. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Use Your Pressure Washer Like a Pro," 8 Nov. 2019 And kind of have to grow and work through these kinks. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns smash Golden State Warriors behind Devin Booker's 31 points," 30 Oct. 2019 There’s obviously still some kinks to work out but the story and pacing are downright intoxicating. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "We ranked every episode of Arrow," 15 Oct. 2019 The flow of moist winds from the Atlantic typically brings in ample precipitation to maintain the region’s ecosystem, but kinks have developed as arctic ice melts, causing air to blow in from the Sahara with increasing regularity. Helene Fouquet And William Wilkes / Bloomberg, Time, "Climate Change Is Devastating the Lush Gardens of Versailles," 21 Sep. 2019 An exhausted buy happy Garner said Friday’s test opening had gone well, but there will still some kinks to be worked out. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "Archie’s Hough Bakery attracts crowds to soft opening, sells out in hour," 20 Sep. 2019 Plenty of them happen on Earth and Mars triggered by upper atmospheric chaos, the action of the solar wind, and kinks in the planets’ magnetic bubbles, among other things. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 Benintendi showed up to Rogers Centre early to work out kinks with a swing that’s been inconsistent much of the season. Julian Benbow,, "Andrew Benintendi gets day off to get refocused," 4 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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5 Dec 2019

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“Kink.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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