kinky

adjective
\ ˈkiŋ-kē \
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 \ adverb
kinkiness \ˈkiŋ-kē-nəs \ 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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Natural, kinky, type 4 hair — think 4a, b, and c — has a high demand for hydration, moisture, and TLC. Janell Hickman, Allure, "The 13 Best Products for Type 4 Kinky-Curly Hair," 1 June 2018 Their onstage romance is full of kinky, S&M touches. New York Times, "Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin Don’t Talk. They Sing.," 24 June 2018 Today, Bibiano writes a popular column on curly and kinky hair for AllThingsHair.com, a site run by the beauty product company Unilever. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "Black Brazilians are ditching hair straighteners and white standards of beauty," 19 June 2018 Speaking of communication, kinky people seem to be particularly good at it. Ibby Kohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kinky Sex Could Be the Secret to Your Success," 5 June 2018 Spray a bunch in and scrunch the hair with your hands or dry with a diffuser for lots of kinky fun curl. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Shop Every Beauty Product Drew Barrymore Swears By," 24 May 2018 Genuinely respectful kinky people are forced further into the shadows. Jaclyn Friedman, Vox, "Schneiderman said his alleged abuse was “role playing.” As a sex educator, I’m horrified.," 11 May 2018 Got hair thats super fine, kinky-curly, damaged, or full of cowlicks? Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "The best hair styling tools of 2018," 1 May 2018 Gary Cole and Gina Gershon make a hysterical cameo as kinky, over-sharing parents. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "The parents go wild in gleefully crude ‘Blockers’ | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 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

: involving or liking unusual sexual behavior

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