[ kich-uh n-singk ]
/ ˈkɪtʃ ənˈsɪŋk /


marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements: a kitchen-sink approach to moviemaking.

Origin of kitchen-sink

First recorded in 1940–45

Definition for kitchen-sink (2 of 2)

kitchen sink


the final item imaginable on any extensive list of usually disparate items: He packed everything for his trip except the kitchen sink.

Origin of kitchen sink

1870–75, for literal sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kitchen-sink

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  • The foul odors of the kitchen-sink added to the night of horrors.

British Dictionary definitions for kitchen-sink

kitchen sink


a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc
everything but the kitchen sink everything that can be conceived of
(modifier) denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality
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Word Origin and History for kitchen-sink

kitchen sink


attested by 1824. Phrase everything but (or and) the kitchen sink is 1944, from World War II armed forces slang, in reference to intense bombardment.

Out for blood, our Navy throws everything but the kitchen sink at Jap vessels, warships and transports alike. [Shell fuel advertisement, "Life," Jan. 24, 1944]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper