[ 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


un·kink, verb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for kink

/ (kɪŋk) /



to form or cause to form a kink

Word Origin for kink

C17: from Dutch: a curl in a rope; compare Middle Low German kinke kink, Old Norse kinka to nod
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Medical definitions for kink

[ kĭngk ]


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.
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