kinky

[ king-kee ]
/ ˈkɪŋ ki /
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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.

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Origin of kinky

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; kink + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM kinky

kink·i·ly, adverbkink·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for kinky

kinky
/ (ˈkɪŋkɪ) /

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 forms of kinky

kinkily, adverbkinkiness, noun
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