jink

[ jingk ]
/ dʒɪŋk /

noun

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 jinks (1 of 2)

jinks

/ (dʒɪŋks) /

pl n

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

Word Origin for jinks

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for jinks (2 of 2)

jink

/ (dʒɪŋk) /

verb

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

noun

a jinking movement

Word Origin for jink

C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement
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Idioms and Phrases with jinks

jinks


see high jinks.

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