- 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.
- to form, or cause to form, a kink or kinks, as a rope.
Origin of kink
Related Words for kinkcrimp, wrinkle, flaw, imperfection, hitch, quirk, curve, entanglement, knot, crinkle, coil, curl, tangle, loop, corkscrew, frizz, cramp, pain, stitch, pinch
Examples from the Web for kink
Contemporary Examples of kink
Indeed--she has helped educate the world on the titillating culture of kink.
In 2011, Rihanna vocalized her own taste for kink in her hit single SM.
On the one hand, she was anxious about her colleagues knowing about her kink.
Those needs varied depending on where respondents were in the kink universe.
Sometimes she sees clients who are ambivalent about their kink identities.
Historical Examples of kink
In this way the tube will not kink or lose its shape while being wound.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
She looked at Miss Avery intently, trying to understand the kink in her brain.Howards End
E. M. Forster
There was a kink in my leader about one inch above the hook.
Nothing but the sword of old Xiphius gladius could have made that kink!
He kissed his fingers, and waved them in the direction of Kink's Hotel.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- 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
- British informal a sexual deviation
- US a clever or unusual idea
- to form or cause to form a kink
Word Origin for kink
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.
- A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material.
- A painful muscle spasm, as in the neck; a crick.
- A mental peculiarity; a quirk.
- Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behavior or taste.
- To form or cause to form a kink or kinks.