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high jinks

or hi·jinks

[ hahy-jingks ]
/ ˈhaɪˌdʒɪŋks /

noun (used with a plural verb) Informal.

boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun: The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks.


misbehavior, rowdiness, shenanigans, tomfoolery, buffoonery, antics, capers

Nearby words

high holidays, high holy day, high hopes, high horse, high hurdles, high jinks, high jump, high jumper, high key, high life, high liver

Origin of high jinks

First recorded in 1760–70; see origin at jink
SYNONYMS FOR high jinks
horseplay, skylarking. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hijinks

  • An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.

    Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books|Robert Birnbaum|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • Philippines News, the girls get shipwrecked and dive straight into all sorts of hijinks.

  • Eva and Franco Mattes have long been making high art of hijinks.

    Stolen Art Goes Public|Rachel Wolff|June 11, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Even Harvey Weinstein, normally a bête noir this time of year, has kept his hijinks to a relative minimum.

    Hurt Locker Blows Up|Nicole LaPorte|March 1, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for hijinks

high jinks


/ (ˈhaɪˌdʒɪŋks) /


lively enjoyment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hijinks



also hi-jinks, high jinks, "boisterous capers, lively or boisterous sport," 1842, from name of games played at drinking parties (1690s). Cf. jink.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hijinks

high jinks

Playful or rowdy activity, often involving mischievous pranks. For example, All sorts of high jinks go on at summer camp after “lights out.” About 1700 this term denoted a gambling game accompanied by much drinking, but by the mid-1800s it acquired its present meaning.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.