kinky

adjective
\ ˈkiŋ-kē How to pronounce kinky (audio) \
kinkier; kinkiest

Definition of kinky

1 : closely twisted or curled
2 : relating to, having, or appealing to unconventional tastes especially in sex also : sexually deviant

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Other Words from kinky

kinkily \ ˈkiŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce kinkily (audio) \ adverb
kinkiness \ ˈkiŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce kinkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of kinky in a Sentence

She says her boyfriend is a little kinky. while passing through the airport, don't wear any kinky clothing that is likely to pique the interest of security
Recent Examples on the Web Prepare for an abundance of fun, even kinky chairs, tables, cabinets, and lamps. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Radical Italian Art Goes Over the Top, Dazzlingly, in Houston," 29 Feb. 2020 They were used everywhere that had a population of dark-skinned people with kinky hair. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Joan Johnson, ‘elegant, whip-smart’ co-founder of hair care company, dies at 89," 12 Sep. 2019 For a black woman, having her natural hair perceived as beautiful means that her kinky curls are not an indication of her being unprofessional. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 Whether the ladies on your gift list have short strands or long locs, kinky hair, or curls, the embellishments will give their tresses a little extra oomph. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Ultimate Gift Guide Of Hair Accessories," 6 Dec. 2019 These days, there are so many defrizzer options out there for every hair type, whether your strands are pin-straight or unapologetically kinky. Allure, "The 21 Best Products for Frizzy Hair, No Matter Your Hair Type," 1 Dec. 2019 Despondent at losing his lover, a man wanders the streets of Paris and has an affair with her kinky friend. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 The arrival of Voodoo Doughnut and other, more corporate food and beverage operators represent the latest phase in the evolution of a commercial strip that for decades was defined by dusty bookstores and funky, sometimes kinky boutiques. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Nov. 4 – 10," 10 Nov. 2019 New York City bans bias against black hair State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, the bill's author, said dress codes banning kinky hair punish African Americans for their natural appearance. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California poised to be first state to ban race-based discrimination against natural hair," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of kinky

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kinky was in 1844

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“Kinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinky. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for kinky

kinky

adjective
How to pronounce kinky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kinky

of hair : having many tight bends or curls
informal : involving or liking unusual sexual behavior

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