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[jingk] /dʒɪŋk/
jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
British Dialect. chink2 .
Origin of jink
1690-1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jink
Historical Examples
  • "You jink from ambuscade to ambuscade of phrase like a fox," I cried.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • You'll have to pay me back when you get your next month's jink, remember.

  • Blink, Swink and jink said, “He wants a 106 crooked hat put on straight.”

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • The first ones to make up after the fuss were jink and Junk.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • jink, here, has a theory that it's some escapee from the paper-doll factory, with a machete.

    Police Operation H. Beam Piper
  • He had bare time to jink between the two as they whizzed past.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • However, it matters not, let us clap a stout heart to a steep brae, and we may jink them and blink them yet; that's all.

  • The next weapon tried was jink's double back-action revolving cannon for ferry-boats.

  • The back window being up a jink, I heard the two confabbing.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • My jink was so sudden that the rider, seeking to spear me under his Pony's neck, came a full cropper in the black cotton-earth.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for jink


to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
a jinking movement
Word Origin
C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement
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Word Origin and History for jink

"to wheel or fling about in dancing," 1715, Scottish, of unknown origin. As a noun, 1786, "act of eluding," probably from the verb in the sense "elude" (1774). For high jinks, see hijinks.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jink



To takeevasive action; dodge; zig-zag: went jinking down the field, shot and missed/ She jinked sideways to avoid an oncoming truck

[1785+; fr northern English dialect jink, ''make a quick evasive turn,'' adopted into the idiom of rugby football; popularized by Vietnam War Air Force use]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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