From Middle English kinken, kynken, from Old English *cincian (attested in cincung), 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”).
kink (plural kinks)
- (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.
From Dutch kink (“a twist or curl in a rope”), 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (informal, countable or 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.
- (informal, countable) A person with peculiar sexual tastes.
- Synonym: kinkster
- 1985, John Dann MacDonald, Five Complete Travis McGee Novels, page 254:
- "What do they think you know?"
"No more than I've told you. That he's a kink. He rapes people and kills people and spends too much money and flies grass in."
- 2013, James Hadley Chase, A Can of Worms:
- “He's a kink. All I have to do is toss off my clothes and dance around his apartment while he sits and drools.”
- (mathematics) A positive 1-soliton solution to the sine-Gordon equation.
- (unusual sexuality): normophilia
- kink (curl, twist, or bend)
- Er zat een kink in de kabel.
- There was a kink in the cable.
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kink (simple past kinket)
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 50