kink

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English kinken, kynken, from Old English *cincian ("to laugh"; attested by cincung ‎(a fit of laughter)), 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).

Verb[edit]

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 ‎(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.
    • Frederic Swartwout Cozzens
      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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Verb[edit]

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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  1. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=kink

Estonian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Low German schenke.

Noun[edit]

kink ‎(genitive kingi, partitive kinki)

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

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Cognate to dialectal Finnish kenkku.

Noun[edit]

kink ‎(genitive kingu, partitive kinku)

  1. small mound, knoll
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