kinky

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

Essential Meaning of kinky

1 of hair : having many tight bends or curls
2 informal : involving or liking unusual sexual behavior kinky sex toys a kinky fantasy She says her boyfriend is a little kinky.

Full Definition of kinky

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

Other Words from kinky

kinkily \ ˈkiŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce kinky (audio) \ adverb
kinkiness \ ˈkiŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce kinky (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 Not to get too kinky or anything, but, in this case, pain is good. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 Even as an adult dating people from the Latino community, their families would often be racist toward me—making comments alluding to the fact that our kids would be too dark or their hair would be too kinky. Blake Newby, Essence, 15 Sep. 2021 Van Dyck decided to picture Rosalia as a young woman with long, blond, kinky hair, cheeks blushing, eyes wide with ecstasy. Jason Farago, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2020 Whether your hair texture is a fine, wavy, curly, coily, kinky, or everything in between, there is a perfect short cut for you. Shalwah Evans, Essence, 7 Jan. 2020 Prepare for an abundance of fun, even kinky chairs, tables, cabinets, and lamps. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 29 Feb. 2020 They were used everywhere that had a population of dark-skinned people with kinky hair. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of kinky

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kinky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kinky. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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