What does Kinnie mean?

Kinnie is a term with numerous meanings, used in multiple contexts by several subcultures across the globe.

“Kinnie” for one may refer to a brand of carbonated soft drink originating in Malta.

The drink is produced in Australia and is mainly sold in Europe as well as Canada and Japan.

Another meaning behind the word “kinnie” may refer to someone as a fan of a character; someone who feels like there is a kinship between themselves and their favorite personage.

It may also refer to members and believers of the Otherkin movement, comprised of those, who feel like they are the incarnations of fictional fantasy races, such as elves, vampires or angels.


What's the origin of Kinnie?

The Maltese company, producing bittersweet beverages was founded in 1952, marking the first time the term “Kinnie” was coined.

It would later appear in relation to the Otherkin movement in the 1990’s and 2000’s, although these cases are rare up to this date.

The term was first defined as the name of the soft drink brand on Urban Dictionary in 2015.

Spread & Usage

How did Kinnie spread?

On March 22nd, 2018, the Otherkin regard of “kinnie” was defined on Urban Dictionary by the user named babyrin.

Starting in 2020, the phrase would start seeing more frequent use among otaku communities, who expressed their overwhelming sympathy toward their favourite characters by calling themselves their “kinnie”.

This use has led to numerous definitions being uploaded to Urban Dictionary by various users.

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