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jinx

noun \ ˈjiŋ(k)s \
|Updated on: 25 Jul 2018

Definition of jinx

: one that brings bad luck; also : the state or spell of bad luck brought on by a jinx

Examples of jinx in a Sentence

  1. That guy is a jinx.

  2. He felt like he'd finally broken the jinx.

  3. She threatened to put a jinx on him.

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Origin and Etymology of jinx

perhaps alteration of jynx wryneck; from the use of wrynecks in witchcraft

jinx Synonyms

Synonyms

hex, hoodoo, whammy;

Near Antonyms

amulet, charm, fetish (also fetich), talisman;

Related Words

Jonah;

curse, evil eye, pox, spell, voodoo;

augury, omen, portent;


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jinx

verb

Definition of jinx

jinxed; jinxing; jinxes
: to foredoom to failure or misfortune : bring bad luck to

Examples of jinx in a Sentence

  1. I thought they were going to win but I didn't say so because I didn't want to jinx them.

  2. His luck has been so bad he feels jinxed.

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First Known Use of jinx

1917

in the meaning defined above

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JINX Defined for English Language Learners

jinx

Definition of jinx for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that causes bad luck; also : a state or period of bad luck caused by a jinx


jinx

Definition of jinx for English Language Learners

  • : to bring bad luck to (someone or something)


JINX Defined for Kids

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jinx

noun \ ˈjiŋks \

Definition of jinx for Students

plural jinxes
: something or someone that brings bad luck

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jinx

verb

Definition of jinx for Students

jinxed; jinxing
: to bring bad luck to

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