[ 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. 2020

Examples from the Web for kitchen-sink

  • According to one person with knowledge of the matter, the bad bank will likely be one aspect of a “kitchen-sink approach.”

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  • The kitchen-sink arrangements are not altogether satisfactory.

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  • Am I nothing but a dust-bin or kitchen-sink for other people's troubles?

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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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