[ jingk ]
/ dʒɪŋk /


jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
British Dialect. chink2

Nearby words

  1. jingoism,
  2. jingoistic,
  3. jinja,
  4. jinjiang,
  5. jinju,
  6. jinker,
  7. jinks,
  8. jinmen,
  9. jinn,
  10. jinnah

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 jinks


/ (dʒɪŋks) /

pl n

boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)

Word Origin for jinks

C18: of unknown origin


/ (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 jinks



"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


see high jinks.

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