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  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 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

British Dictionary definitions for jink


  1. to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
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  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 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.

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