a twist or curl, as in a thread, rope, wire, or hair, caused by its doubling or bending upon itself.
a muscular stiffness or soreness, as in the neck or back.
a flaw or imperfection likely to hinder the successful operation of something, as a machine or plan:
There are still a few kinks to be worked out of the plan before we start production.
a mental twist; notion; whim or crotchet.
verb (used with or without object)
to form, or cause to form, a kink or kinks, as a rope.
a sharp twist or bend in a wire, rope, hair, etc, esp one caused when it is pulled tight
a crick in the neck or similar muscular spasm
a flaw or minor difficulty in some undertaking or project
a flaw or idiosyncrasy of personality; quirk
(Brit, informal) a sexual deviation
(US) a clever or unusual idea
to form or cause to form a kink
1670s, a nautical term, from Dutch kink “twist in a rope” (also found in French and Swedish), probably related to Old Norse kikna “to bend backwards, sink at the knee” (see kick). Figurative sense of “odd notion, mental twist” first recorded in American English, 1803, in writings of Thomas Jefferson. As a verb, 1690s, from the noun.
v. kinked, kink·ing, kinks
To form or cause to form a kink or kinks.
: a kinko diner who tries to attract Chong’s attention
[kin-keyd] /kɪnˈkeɪd/ noun 1. Thomas Cassin [kas-in] /ˈkæs ɪn/ (Show IPA), 1888–1972, U.S. admiral.
noun, U.S. History. 1. an act of Congress (1904) providing for the granting of 640-acre homesteads to settlers in western Nebraska.
[kin-key-der] /kɪnˈkeɪ dər/ noun, U.S. History. 1. a person who received free land under the provisions of the Kinkaid Act.
[king-kuh-joo] /ˈkɪŋ kəˌdʒu/ noun 1. a brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail, related to the raccoon and coati. /ˈkɪŋkəˌdʒuː/ noun 1. Also called honey bear, potto. an arboreal fruit-eating mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, with a long prehensile tail: family Procyonidae (raccoons) order Carnivora […]