Definition of kinky in US English:

kinky

adjective

  • 1informal Involving or given to unusual sexual behavior.

    • ‘Would such recreational gender-blending be considered part of the fetish scene, ‘normal’, slightly kinky sexual experimentation, or would it become part of mainstream society?’
    • ‘Plays about passion are profuse and easy: heterosexual or homosexual, interracial or senescent, kinky or chaste.’
    • ‘She went so far as to offer to perform all types of kinky sexual favors.’
    • ‘Like kinky sex, the strangeness and remoteness of molecular representation reproduce the body as Other.’
    • ‘There was nothing kinky or funny about the situation.’
    • ‘Many wonderful, strange, kinky and explosive things have happened since last I blogged.’
    • ‘The main point is not to see how kinky you can get.’
    • ‘Or you might need some interesting and kinky stuff to loosen up a very strangled libido.’
    • ‘This popular sex writer, who often manages to be both kinky and complex (not an easy combination, in or out of bed), loses his breadth when it comes to issues of identity.’
    • ‘‘I do seem to have a real sense for the animate implications of inanimate objects,’ says Gurganus when confronted with this kinky moment.’
    • ‘Over time, their trivia games lead to sexual exploration and all kinds of would-be kinky relationship layers start to develop and ferment.’
    • ‘But if I were experiencing a conflict between my kinky nature and my vanilla relationship, then a doctor is, quite frankly, about the last person I'd talk to.’
    • ‘Blind people even find a way to adapt kinky behaviour to their world.’
    • ‘The film explores a whole bunch of kinky sexual practices, many of which our innocent readership may not be familiar with.’
    • ‘A sex scene that speaks to how we can't escape the cell even at the most intimate moments is very kinky and very funny and oddly real.’
    • ‘Of course, if she and this strange woman were playing kinky games with chains and nakedness, at least that meant the guy staring at her wasn't a stranger.’
    • ‘You may be well-intentioned, but you have created a whole drama - where the wife is at risk, no less - based on what is most likely a kinky pastime.’
    • ‘In other words… the less he sees it as kinky or deviant, the more he'll be willing to do it.’
    • ‘No low-down, filthy, kinky behaviour, or even smutty talk.’
    • ‘It has the kinky freedoms of sexual fantasy, the logic of the dream, the barking mad allure of Salvador Dali's finest moments.’
    abnormal, unusual, weird, bizarre, peculiar, strange, odd, funny
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    1. 1.1 (of clothing) sexually provocative in an unusual way.
      ‘kinky underwear’
      • ‘Finally, bringing up the rear, was a troupe of majorettes - flag-waving, high-stepping, brass-buttoned beauties with short skirts and kinky boots.’
      • ‘Of course she's dressed in another pair of kinky boots indicative of her femme fatal stage persona but there's no calculated synthetic chic here.’
      • ‘Denim is worn with blues and reds, padded items are silver and white, whilst chainmail dresses and kinky PVC numbers are in a palette of gritty greys and raven black.’
      • ‘Organisers of the Erotica exhibition, which features topless models, kinky clothes and sex toys, want to come back to the city after a controversial debut this year.’
      • ‘‘Everyone has a fetish,’ says George of Northbound Leather, a Toronto store that sells dominatrix gear and other kinky accessories.’
      provocative, sexy, sexually arousing, sexually exciting, erotic, seductive, suggestive, inviting, tempting, tantalizing, alluring, titillating, indecent, immodest
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  • 2Having kinks or twists.

    ‘long and kinky hair’
    • ‘Sweat beads the size of mushroom caps gathered beneath his sparse and kinky hair.’
    • ‘Living on the coast meant that Hailey constantly suffered from kinky messy hair, which the city folk deemed ‘beach hair’.’
    • ‘He says he used to spend 25 minutes a day straightening his kinky hair into a Mohawk before deciding one day that maybe punk means not caring about what you look like.’
    • ‘Straight hairs are round in cross section, while wavy hairs are alternately oval and round; very curly and kinky hairs are shaped like twisted ribbons.’
    • ‘To achieve the soft, loose romantic waves that you want, instead of an overly kinky perm that just won't be shiny, Luke suggests that you may need to make more time for styling.’
    curly, crimped, curled, curling, frizzy, frizzed, wavy, ringletted, ringletty
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Origin

Mid 19th century (in kinky (sense 2)): from kink + -y.

Pronunciation

kinky

/ˈkiNGkē//ˈkɪŋki/