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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 With both a new hall and new artistic direction, kinks were certain to need working out. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: La Jolla’s SummerFest has a new artistic director to go with its new concert hall," 5 Aug. 2019 This game will be much more about Auburn, and whether Gus Malzahn’s team can work out some of the offensive kinks that have resulted in inconsistent results through the first two weeks of the season. Tom Green |, al, "Tiger Buzz: Auburn vs. Kent State TV info, key matchups and players to watch," 14 Sep. 2019 The Warren tax would replace this downward kink in the tax schedule at the very top with an upward jag: the richest four hundred households would pay an effective rate of more than forty-five per cent. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Growing Debate Over Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax," 12 Sep. 2019 Another perk: The extra year to work on a 5G device behind closed doors as other players like Samsung work out the early kinks in the spotlight. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "The biggest thing Apple didn't announce at its iPhone event," 11 Sep. 2019 Red Line issues: Four accidents, running late and the other kinks Red Line drivers are working out Keith Paschall, 38, lives at 33rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street and regularly rides the Route 6 and 34 IndyGo buses. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Packed buses but also some scrapes and smoke for Red Line's first day," 1 Sep. 2019 Working out the kinks Credit first-game jitters in the Clash of the Causeway on Friday. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Friday night highlights: Lightning strikes, again," 30 Aug. 2019 Both teams displayed the kinks and jitters common in season-openers. Mark Schmetzer,, "Cincinnati, Ohio, high school football: Princeton Vikings wallop Milford Eagles, 38-7," 30 Aug. 2019 The tradition got off to a rocky start that day 12 years ago prior to the home opener against Maine, with the band, the cheerleaders and the dance team missing their cue to join the festivities, but the kinks have long since been ironed out. Chris Brodeur,, "Heading to a UConn football game at Rentschler Field? Here’s what you need to know about tailgating, food and special events," 20 Aug. 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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The first known use of kink was in 1678

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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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