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What does jinks mean?
The noun jinks refers to prankish or mischievous activities. It is a plural form of jink.
Jinks is rarely used, except for in the much more common term high jinks (also commonly spelled hijinks), which refers to playful, mischievous, or rowdy activity.
High jinks usually implies a combination of fun and mischief. Activities that are called high jinks are often silly and mischievous and they may be rowdy, but they’re usually not harmful. They include things like minor pranks or the kinds of activities done during a happily unrestrained celebration. Sometimes, the term refers to a series of silly or chaotic events or interactions. This is especially the case in the phrase high jinks ensue, as in The movie is about a man who has to adopt 11 ostriches—high jinks ensue.
However, high jinks is sometimes used in a more negative way to refer to mischief or wrongdoing that’s absurd or incompetent, as in The administration is up to its usual high jinks again—luckily they’re too inept to pull any of it off.
The word jink can also be used as a verb meaning to move quickly or in a jerky motion to elude or avoid something. It can also be used as a noun referring to such a movement. These senses of the word are also not commonly used. A much more common word that means the same thing is juke.
Jinks should not be confused with jinx, which can be a noun referring to something that brings bad luck or a verb meaning to bring bad luck to—to place a jinx on.
Example: As a substitute teacher, I know exactly what kind of high jinks students will participate in when they think they can get away with it.
Where does jinks come from?
The first records of the word jinks in reference to mischievous behavior come from right around 1700. This sense of the word may derive from a word meaning “to gasp violently,” perhaps in reference to intense laughter. The Old English word cincung, meaning “boisterous laughter,” may be related.
High jinks often refers to the kind of playful activities that end up with the participants laughing themselves silly. The word almost always implies some level of mischief or rowdiness. It is particularly associated with pranks, but usually the kind of pranks that the pranked person can also laugh at.
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Jinks is rarely used outside of the term high jinks.
#Halloween is the perfect day to look back on some of our staff high jinks and #pranks, and there have been quite a few! Do you remember when we plastic wrapped our Head of Education Brian Cofrancesco's desk? He sure does! #CTOldStateHouse pic.twitter.com/WREK8I4bTl
— Connecticut's Old State House (@CTOldStateHouse) October 31, 2019
— CNET (@CNET) April 1, 2014
Anyone want to be in cahoots with me? Which high jinks will ensue is TBD.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) August 1, 2017
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How to use jinks in a sentence
More drunken high jinks ensue, and Hastings grabs more fodder for his story.Juiciest Bits From Michael Hastings Book on Stanley McChrystal, Afghanistan|Laura Colarusso|January 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Gus, Francine, Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Michael London called to tell me I was hired for the part.
Hence the bright wards, the buxom attendants, the frequent jinks.
It was the signal that the "jinks" were over, and that was quite enough to make it unpopular.
And so the long morning dragged itself away, and at luncheon-time the Jinks Club sent its members home.
The Jinks Club meets here this afternoon anyway, and this morning I'll stay at home.
Let's have a real old high jinks of a slambang bust to celebrate my convalescence.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Other Idioms and Phrases with jinks
see high jinks.