verb (used with object)
Origin of jinx
Examples from the Web for jinx
Is it a jinx, like being put on the cover of Sports Illustrated?
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“Spit in your hat quick and kill that jinx,” I answered, not thinking for the minute, and he followed my example.Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
But the “jinx” had not yet deserted him, as he was soon to discover.Bert Wilson's Twin Cylinder Racer|J. W. Duffield
He had seen Big League teams do the same thing in an effort to drive away the jinx and break a streak of bad luck.Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager|Burt L. Standish
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
Guess there is a jinx after this team all right, he growled.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team|Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for jinx
Word Origin for jinx
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.