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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.
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Origin of kinky

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; kink + -y1
Related formskink·i·ly, adverbkink·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for kinkier

curly, unconventional, far-out, outlandish, quirky, weird, peculiar, frizzy, knotted, matted, rolled, tangled, coiled, matty, depraved, deviant, eccentric, licentious, odd, outre

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
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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.

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