To form a kink or twist.
To laugh loudly.
Other Word Forms of Kink
Origin of Kink
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”).
From Norwegian or Swedish kink (“a twist or curl in a rope”), from Middle Low German kinke (“spiral screw, coil”), from Proto-Germanic *kenk-, *keng- (“to bend, turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *gengʰ- (“to turn, wind, braid, weave”). Cognate with Icelandic kengur (“a bend or bight; a metal crook”).
Dutch twist in a rope
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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