- An unwanted tight turn in a line.
Probably earlier than the 17th century. Earliest source appears to be from Old Norse, kika, meaning bend.
Has nothing to do with personal fetishes. Think like how you get a kink in your garden hose and the water stops flowing.
Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.
one of my personal favorites is bight – as in a bight in a line. First lesson aboard any vessel don’t step into a bight in a line.