adjective, kink·i·er, kink·i·est.
  1. full of kinks; closely twisted: a kinky wire.
  2. (of hair) closely or tightly curled.
  3. Slang. marked by unconventional sexual preferences or behavior, as fetishism, sadomasochism, or the like.

Origin of kinky

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; kink + -y1
Related formskink·i·ly, adverbkink·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for kinkier


adjective kinkier or kinkiest
  1. slang given to unusual, abnormal, or deviant sexual practices
  2. informal exhibiting unusual idiosyncrasies of personality; quirky; eccentric
  3. informal attractive or provocative in a bizarre waykinky clothes
  4. tangled or tightly looped, as a wire or rope
  5. tightly curled, as hair
Derived Formskinkily, adverbkinkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for kinkier



1844, "full of kinks, twisted, curly," from kink + -y (2). Meaning "odd, eccentric, crotchety" is from 1859; that of "sexually perverted" is from 1959. Related: Kinkiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper