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jink

[jingk]
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noun
  1. jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
  2. British Dialect. chink2
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Origin of jink

1690–1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter
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Examples from the Web for jinks

Historical Examples

  • By jinks, you don't think another war will come on, do you, Mr. Blue?

    The Hindered Hand

    Sutton E. Griggs

  • "Upstairs, curling her hair," shouted the child who was known by the name of Jinks.

    A True Friend

    Adeline Sergeant

  • Next, the office, with Jinks at the typewriter and Ned at the desk, was photographed.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • The Jinks Club was having its weekly meeting, and all of the members were present.

  • So, as they were all agreed on this, the Jinks Club was started.


British Dictionary definitions for jinks

jinks

pl n
  1. boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin

jink

verb
  1. to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
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noun
  1. a jinking movement
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Word Origin

C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement
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Word Origin and History for jinks

jink

v.

"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.

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Idioms and Phrases with jinks

jinks

see high jinks.

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