- a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck.
- to bring bad luck to; place a jinx on: The strike has jinxed my plans to go to Milwaukee for the weekend.
- to destroy the point of: His sudden laugh jinxed the host's joke.
Origin of jinx
Examples from the Web for jinx
Is it a jinx, like being put on the cover of Sports Illustrated?The Second Life of San Miguel de Allende
February 26, 2014
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He asked me whose it was; and he asked me about you, and, by jinx!Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
"It might be, if there were any such animal as a jinx," laughed Darrin.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
By jinx, when I heard the Municipals were coming, I was scared they'd get him for sure.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
That's why you get it cheap—if you'll take it and chase out the jinx that's been wished on me.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
Ah kin help yo all ward off evil and jinx; ah kin help yo all git a job; ah kin help yo all ovah come the ruination uv yo home.
- an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
- (tr) to be or put a jinx on
Word Origin and History for jinx
1911, American English, originally baseball slang; perhaps ultimately from jyng "a charm, a spell" (17c.), originally "wryneck," a bird used in witchcraft and divination, from Latin iynx "wryneck," from Greek iynx.
Most mysterious of all in the psychics of baseball is the "jinx," that peculiar "hoodoo" which affects, at times, a man, at other times a whole team. Let a man begin to think that there is a "jinx" about, and he is done for for the time being. ["Technical World Magazine," 1911]
The verb is 1912 in American English, from the noun. Related: Jinxed; jinxing.