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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

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

Without a game to work out the kinks — Loveland had a Week 1 bye — the Indians face a team fresh off an impressive 34-13 drubbing of crosstown rival Legacy. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "6 Colorado prep football games to watch in Week 2," 4 Sep. 2019 Thousands of black women gathered together on a little island east of Harlem to celebrate the strength of their kinks and coils. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Our Favorite Fashion Moments At CurlFest New York," 29 July 2019 On the surface, the idea that a cartoon pig is trending within gay fetish and kink culture is an astonishing and hilarious turn. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon," 29 July 2019 About 60 percent of couples currently working through relationship kinks at Concord are millennials. New York Times, "Dallas Church Offers Free Weddings to Couples Living Together, on One Condition," 11 July 2019 Again, if being watched was Maddy’s kink, this would be great. Ariana Romero,, "Thinking Through The Euphoria Premiere's Three Most Upsetting Scenes," 18 June 2019 The Colts offensive line has got some kinks to work out First, the disclaimer: Ryan Kelly and Anthony Castonzo got the night off. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Preseason is about evaluation but the Colts get off to a slow start on all fronts," 6 Aug. 2019 But each practice is valuable, providing a chance for the crew to work out kinks, make alterations and change parts, discovering what doesn’t work. Nick Kelly,, "Behind the scenes at a NASCAR race: This is how Ryan Preece’s team rolls," 26 July 2019 The Gators, unlike during most opening weekends, will not get the chance to ease into the season, experiment with lineups and work out the kinks against an outmanned opponent. Edgar Thompson,, "UF opener against Miami gives Gators a sense of urgency entering preseason camp," 25 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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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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