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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 object), verb (used without object)
to form, or cause to form, a kink or kinks, as a rope.
1670-80; < Dutch: a twist in a rope
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Examples from the web for kinks
  • Such curious kinks of the human mind exist and must be reckoned with soberly.
  • The cryonic preservation worked perfectly, but our revival procedure still has a few kinks.
  • Great idea that should be ushered in quickly and then work out the kinks.
  • There are still a few kinks to work out with the new discovery.
  • Instead, any such translation would produce singularities, or kinks.
  • Sometimes there are kinks or that rolling the hose crimps it.
  • But eventually the engineering team worked out the kinks and produced a diminutive, easily portable radio.
  • From the start, the round's chief ambition was to straighten out some of the kinks in agricultural trade.
  • One day somebody will make a fortune figuring out the logistical kinks.
  • But it's still a weak and condescending comedy with too many implicit kinks for its squeaky-clean tone.
British Dictionary definitions for kinks


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 kinks



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.

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kinks 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 kinks



: 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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