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.
bizarre or unconventional sexual preferences or behavior.
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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kink (kɪŋk)
1.  a sharp twist or bend in a wire, rope, hair, etc, esp one caused when it is pulled tight
2.  a crick in the neck or similar muscular spasm
3.  a flaw or minor difficulty in some undertaking or project
4.  a flaw or idiosyncrasy of personality; quirk
5.  informal (Brit) a sexual deviation
6.  (US) a clever or unusual idea
7.  to form or cause to form a kink
[C17: from Dutch: a curl in a rope; compare Middle Low German kinke kink, Old Norse kinka to nod]

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1670s, a nautical term, from Du. kink "twist in a rope" (also found in French and Swedish), probably related to O.N. kika "to bend at the knee" (see kick). Figurative sense of "odd notion, mental twist" first recorded in Amer.Eng., 1803, in writings of Thomas Jefferson.
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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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