[ jingks ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

  2. to destroy the point of: His sudden laugh jinxed the host's joke.

  1. 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.

  1. (used after two people say exactly the same thing at exactly the same time): I’ll drive—jinx! Great minds think alike!

Origin of jinx

An Americanism first recorded in 1910–15; perhaps from Latin jynx “wryneck” (bird used in divination and magic), from Greek íynx, perhaps from or akin to iýzein “to shout, yell”

Other words from jinx

  • out·jinx, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for jinx


/ (dʒɪŋks) /

  1. an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing

  1. (tr) to be or put a jinx on

Origin of jinx

C20: perhaps from New Latin Jynx genus name of the wryneck, from Greek iunx wryneck, the name of a bird used in magic

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