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[kingk] /kɪŋk/
a twist or curl, as in a thread, rope, wire, or hair, caused by its doubling or bending upon itself.
a muscular stiffness or soreness, as in the neck or back.
a flaw or imperfection likely to hinder the successful operation of something, as a machine or plan:
There are still a few kinks to be worked out of the plan before we start production.
a mental twist; notion; whim or crotchet.
  1. bizarre or unconventional sexual preferences or behavior.
  2. a person characterized by such preferences or behavior.
verb (used with or without object)
to form, or cause to form, a kink or kinks, as a rope.
Origin of kink
1670-80; < Dutch: a twist in a rope
Related forms
unkink, verb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kink
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  • But that first kink seems to have been getting worse kinked ever since.

  • In this way the tube will not kink or lose its shape while being wound.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There was a kink in the halyards of the main-top gallant-sail, so that it would not run through the block.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • She looked at Miss Avery intently, trying to understand the kink in her brain.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Somehow or another that fight took the kink out of my back for from that time on it began to get well.

    A Texas Cow Boy Chas. A. Siringo
British Dictionary definitions for kink


a sharp twist or bend in a wire, rope, hair, etc, esp one caused when it is pulled tight
a crick in the neck or similar muscular spasm
a flaw or minor difficulty in some undertaking or project
a flaw or idiosyncrasy of personality; quirk
(Brit, informal) a sexual deviation
(US) a clever or unusual idea
to form or cause to form a kink
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch: a curl in a rope; compare Middle Low German kinke kink, Old Norse kinka to nod
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Word Origin and History for kink

1670s, a nautical term, from Dutch kink "twist in a rope" (also found in French and Swedish), probably related to Old Norse kikna "to bend backwards, sink at the knee" (see kick). Figurative sense of "odd notion, mental twist" first recorded in American English, 1803, in writings of Thomas Jefferson. As a verb, 1690s, from the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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kink in Medicine

kink (kĭngk)

  1. A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material.

  2. A painful muscle spasm, as in the neck; a crick.

  3. A mental peculiarity; a quirk.

  4. Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behavior or taste.

v. kinked, kink·ing, kinks
To form or cause to form a kink or kinks.
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Slang definitions & phrases for kink



: a kinko diner who tries to attract Chong's attention


  1. (also kinko) A person with deviant or bizarre tastes, esp sexual: I'm not some kind of kink (1960s+)
  2. A deviant practice or predilection, esp sexual: a Nazi with a kink for prepubescent girls/ the female staffer whose kink is making love down in the morgue
  3. A style featuring deviation and oddness: blend of leaden TV-style melodrama and deadpan modernist kink (1990s+)
  4. A defect or flaw, esp a minor one; bug: We'll work the kinks out of the plan before we announce it (1868+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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