kink

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɪŋk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English kinken, kynken, from Old English *cincian ("to laugh"; attested by cincung (a fit of laughter)), from Proto-West Germanic *kinkōn, from Proto-Germanic *kinkōną (to laugh), from Proto-Indo-European *gang- (to mock, jeer, deride), related to Old English canc (jeering, scorn, derision). Cognate with Dutch kinken (to kink, cough).

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kink (third-person singular simple present kinks, present participle kinking, simple past and past participle kinked)

  1. To laugh loudly.
  2. To gasp for breath as in a severe fit of coughing.

Noun[edit]

kink (plural kinks)

  1. (Scotland, dialect) A convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of breath; a whoop; a gasp of breath caused by laughing, coughing, or crying.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch kink (a twist or curl in a rope)[1], from Proto-Germanic *kenk-, *keng- (to bend, turn), from Proto-Indo-European *gengʰ- (to turn, wind, braid, weave). Compare Middle Low German kinke (spiral screw, coil), Old Norse kikna (to bend backwards, sink at the knee), Icelandic kengur (a bend or bight; a metal crook). Probably related to kick.

Noun[edit]

kink (countable and uncountable, plural kinks)

  1. A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material, hair etc.
    We couldn't get enough water to put out the fire because of a kink in the hose.
  2. A difficulty or flaw that is likely to impede operation, as in a plan or system.
    They had planned to open another shop downtown, but their plan had a few kinks.
  3. An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice.
    • 1856, Frederick Swartwout Cozzens, The Sparrowgrass Papers
      Never a Yankee was born or bred / Without that peculiar kink in his head / By which he could turn the smallest amount / Of whatever he had to the best account.
  4. (slang, countable and uncountable) Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behaviour or taste.
    • 2013, Alison Tyler, H Is for Hardcore, page 13:
      To top it all off, Lynn is into kink. Last night she was really into kink. It's a good thing that today is my day off because I need the time to recuperate and think things over.
  5. (mathematics) A positive 1-soliton solution to the Sine–Gordon equation
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kink (third-person singular simple present kinks, present participle kinking, simple past and past participle kinked)

  1. (transitive) To form a kink or twist.
  2. (intransitive) To be formed into a kink or twist.
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Estonian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Low German schenke.

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kink (genitive kingi, partitive kinki)

  1. gift
  2. favour/favor
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Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) Cognate to dialectal Finnish kenkku.

Noun[edit]

kink (genitive kingu, partitive kinku)

  1. small mound, knoll
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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ki (who) +‎ -nk (our, of ours, possessive suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ ˈkiŋk]
  • Hyphenation: kink

Pronoun[edit]

kink

  1. first-person plural single-possession possessive of ki

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative kink
accusative kinket
dative kinknek
instrumental kinkkel
causal-final kinkért
translative kinkké
terminative kinkig
essive-formal kinkként
essive-modal
inessive kinkben
superessive kinken
adessive kinknél
illative kinkbe
sublative kinkre
allative kinkhez
elative kinkből
delative kinkről
ablative kinktől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
kinké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
kinkéi