[ king-kee ]
/ ˈkɪŋ ki /

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 forms

kink·i·ly, adverbkink·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kinkiness


/ (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

kinkily, adverbkinkiness, noun
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