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jinx

[ jingks ]
/ dʒɪŋks /
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noun
a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of jinx

1910–15, Americanism; perhaps <Latin jynx wryneck (bird used in divination and magic) <Greek íynx

OTHER WORDS FROM jinx

outjinx, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for jinx

jinx
/ (dʒɪŋks) /

noun
an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
verb
(tr) to be or put a jinx on

Word Origin for 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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