adjective, kink·i·er, kink·i·est.

full of kinks; closely twisted: a kinky wire.
(of hair) closely or tightly curled.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for kinkiest

Contemporary Examples of kinkiest

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British Dictionary definitions for kinkiest


adjective kinkier or kinkiest

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



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