variants or less commonly
: boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on : carefree antics or horseplay

Examples of high jinks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps the high jinks were intended to distract patients from worry. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 Brandy Norwood and Heather Graham are getting into some holiday high jinks together. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 The music, by turns meditative and frisky, reminds us that for all the madcap high jinks, something vital is at stake. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Directed by Rob Letterman (of Shark Tale and Detective Pikachu fame), Goosebumps ’15 offers classic children’s high jinks. Vulture, 17 Oct. 2023 As his career has advanced, his ambitions have morphed and escalated, and the past few years have brought increasingly elaborate media high jinks and crafty public-relations stunts in addition to music. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 13 Oct. 2023 His isn’t the goofball humor and high jinks that are as old as baseball. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2023 The senator denied any wrongdoing and accused the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Chris Christie, of political high jinks to help his Republican opponent. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Though the destination lacks suspense, the ride is entertaining enough, particularly for those who haven’t closely followed Musk’s high jinks. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high jinks was in 1825

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“High jinks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

high jinks

noun plural
: wild or rowdy behavior
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