- a twist or curl, as in a thread, rope, wire, or hair, caused by its doubling or bending upon itself.
- a muscular stiffness or soreness, as in the neck or back.
- a flaw or imperfection likely to hinder the successful operation of something, as a machine or plan: There are still a few kinks to be worked out of the plan before we start production.
- a mental twist; notion; whim or crotchet.
- bizarre or unconventional sexual preferences or behavior.
- a person characterized by such preferences or behavior.
- to form, or cause to form, a kink or kinks, as a rope.
Origin of kink
Related Words for kinkingentangle, perplex, embroil, confuse, snarl, enmesh, trap, buckle, writhe, curve, contort, twist, fold, twirl, coil, obstruct, ensnare, interlock, involve, hamper
Examples from the Web for kinking
Historical Examples of kinking
Coiling the rope, he tried to throw it again into the crevice; but it had lost the knack of kinking.
There is where his laugh comes off, curling and kinking in little spasms of pure pig joy!The Fall of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
In this way you are working with the twist of the thread and there is less danger of knotting and kinking.Handicraft for Girls
The wire persisted in getting twisted and they had all they could do to keep it from kinking.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn
Shag was throwing clouds of dust over his lowered head, and kinking his tufted tail in battle anger.The Outcasts
W. A. Fraser
- a sharp twist or bend in a wire, rope, hair, etc, esp one caused when it is pulled tight
- a crick in the neck or similar muscular spasm
- a flaw or minor difficulty in some undertaking or project
- a flaw or idiosyncrasy of personality; quirk
- British informal a sexual deviation
- US a clever or unusual idea
- to form or cause to form a kink
Word Origin for kink
1670s, a nautical term, from Dutch kink "twist in a rope" (also found in French and Swedish), probably related to Old Norse kikna "to bend backwards, sink at the knee" (see kick). Figurative sense of "odd notion, mental twist" first recorded in American English, 1803, in writings of Thomas Jefferson. As a verb, 1690s, from the noun.
- A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material.
- A painful muscle spasm, as in the neck; a crick.
- A mental peculiarity; a quirk.
- Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behavior or taste.
- To form or cause to form a kink or kinks.