[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for jink


/ (dʒɪŋk) /


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


a jinking movement

Word Origin for jink

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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