\ ˈkiŋk How to pronounce kink (audio) \

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

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 So many Seventies scary-film clichés in scare quotes, all buffered with a genuine obsession over retrograde pulp and a devoted passion for weapons-grade kink! David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2022 But as the convoluted plot wears on, Cronenberg’s transgressive kink looks more and more played out. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 Also of note in the cold open: There is a pink thong dangling by the tub, which could very well have been Saul’s (don’t kink-shame!), but just as easily could have belonged to a woman in his life. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 Each of her books features a different romance trope and a different kink, so there is a little something for everyone. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2022 Even Hermès, the bastion of serious luxury, edged into kink with knee-highs and brushed wool sweaters just begging to be stroked. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 Like any new kink, start small, slow, and choose a safeword. Angie Jones, Glamour, 17 Mar. 2022 Writing about kink could be gimmicky or cringey, but Baxter imbues the BDSM scenes with just the right proportion of levity and self-awareness. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2022 There will be more of us to come, more kink hikers out for our own blood. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From minimal to full-on bondage, leather harnesses are an easy way to kink up any outfit, even workwear. Frances Solá-santiago,, 27 Apr. 2022 Consider 3103 Spenard Road, where that crooked road begins to kink its way toward Minnesota Drive. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2021 Wires may sag and cause operating issues, and tracks can expand and potentially kink. oregonlive, 30 July 2021 Pinch the horizontal wire with a pair of linesman pliers, then rotate your hand to kink the wire tight. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2021 This hose isn't going to break, fray, kink or get tangled up. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2021 The inspectors also faulted the home for allowing an oxygen tube to kink while the resident used it. Sarah Ravani,, 26 June 2020 This is visible in the top row of photos below, where the ring (the dark band) can be seen to kink inward. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 15 May 2020 Badly fitting standard stents can kink and bend, leading to complications such as the growth of new tissue and tissue death, the Clinic said. Julie Washington, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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24 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for kink


\ 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


\ ˈkiŋk How to pronounce kink (audio) \

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


intransitive verb

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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