kitchen sink

  1. 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

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Other definitions for kitchen-sink (2 of 2)

[ kich-uhn-singk ]

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

Origin of kitchen-sink

First recorded in 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use kitchen sink in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for kitchen sink

kitchen sink

  1. a sink in a kitchen for washing dishes, vegetables, etc

  2. everything but the kitchen sink everything that can be conceived of

  1. (modifier) denoting a type of drama or painting of the 1950s depicting the sordid aspects of domestic reality

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