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

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Being proud is working to undo a lifetime’s worth of messages that tell us that our hair is too kinky and our skin is too dark and our gender is too ambitious, that external markers are the end-all-be-all of our identity. Jamilah King, Teen Vogue, "Lena Waithe's Comments About Her Haircut Say a Lot About the Gripping Power of Homophobia," 10 Aug. 2018 Inspired by Susan Sontag's legendary essay on the subject, they were tasked with encompassing all things excessive, over-the-top, kooky, kinky, and—most importantly—witty. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Your Favorite Celebrities Got Campy and Kooky at the Met Gala on Instagram," 7 May 2019 Maybe in the hints of Mary Quant’s early use of groovy lace tights, tweeds, and kinky leather boots. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Meaning Freya took after their father — the reddish skin, the high forehead, the telltale Ethiopian eyes — whereas Sabrina looked more like their mother, the hair curly, not kinky, the skin light enough to pass, if not for white, then Puerto Rican. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "If I Stay Author Gayle Forman Shares an Excerpt From Her New YA Novel," 18 Jan. 2018 This look is good for those with kinky hair who want to go bronde, but don't want such a stark transformation. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 Leatherwood likes using the Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave In Conditioner for all hair textures and Obia Curl Enhancing Custard for kinkier hair. Lara Adekola, Teen Vogue, "How to Grow Your Natural Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 If your hair is curly or kinky, use styling cream to smooth each section before creating two buns. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Just Reminded Us How Much We Love Space Buns," 4 Dec. 2018 The wellspring of Ducati-ness remains the Testastretta DVT L-Twin engine, with the kinky desmodromic valvetrain. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of kinky

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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kinky

adjective

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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