An example of kink is using a crimping iron on your hair.
An example of a kink is a sharp bend in a piece of unwrapped wire.
An example of a kink is neck pain from sleeping in a strange position.
An example of a kink is always responding with a whistle when people say hello to you.
Other Word Forms
Origin of kink
- Dutch twist in a rope
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).