to bring bad luck to; curse: According to tradition, wishing an actor “good luck” before a show will jinx their performance.That place on the corner seems jinxed—no business ever stays there for long.
to destroy the point of: His sudden laugh jinxed the host's joke.
a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck: They said I was a jinx, because every time I came to see them play, they lost.
(used after two people say exactly the same thing at exactly the same time): I’ll drive—jinx! Great minds think alike!
- out·jinx, verb (used with object)
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How to use jinx in a sentence
Even as I confess this, I worry about the jinx I am placing on my rituals.
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Is it a jinx, like being put on the cover of Sports Illustrated?
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Once was unlucky, twice looked like an evil jinx, a curse, an astrological conspiracy.
Only a jinx of the most malevolent type could have prompted his hurried exit from a train to dodge an imaginary "bull."A Reversible Santa Claus | Meredith Nicholson
The other night I took a walk, and called on jinx, across the block.Uncle Walt [Walt Mason] | Walt Mason
The home of jinx was full of boys and girls and forty kinds of noise.Uncle Walt [Walt Mason] | Walt Mason
“Worst jinx in the world to see a cross-eyed man,” I replied.Pitching in a Pinch | Christy Mathewson
One adopted the plan of "expecting disappointment" as a means of cheating the "jinx."The Conquest of Fear | Basil King
British Dictionary definitions for jinx
an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
(tr) to be or put a jinx on
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