\ˈjiŋ(k)s \

Definition of jinx 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


jinxed; jinxing; jinxes

Definition of jinx (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to foredoom to failure or misfortune : bring bad luck to

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Synonyms for jinx

Synonyms: Noun

hex, hoodoo, Indian sign [chiefly British], whammy

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Examples of jinx in a Sentence


That guy is a jinx. He felt like he'd finally broken the jinx. She threatened to put a jinx on him.


I thought they were going to win but I didn't say so because I didn't want to jinx them. His luck has been so bad he feels jinxed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said, citing Howard’s apparent immunity to the derby jinx in 2006, 2007, and 2009. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Rhys Hoskins unconcerned about Home Run Derby impacting his swing," 12 July 2018 This week, England ended their infamous penalty kick shootout jinx, Sweden continued their unlikely run, Belgium survived a thriller and Brazil dilapidated Mexico’s dreams. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "England end their jinx, Sweden survive and the best of the World Cup week," 5 July 2018 Naturally, twitter was extremely excited for the end of the jinx. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Nobody Could Believe England Won A Penalty Shootout at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 An old jinx could be disproved, and history would be written if Mendelssohn wears the garland of red roses. Beth Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Favorite Justify up against history (and 19 other horses) in Derby," 4 May 2018 After the Three Lions ended the jinx, fans couldn't contain their excitement and reacted by throwing beer in the air. Jenna West, SI.com, "Watch: English Fans Celebrate Shootout Win by Tossing More Beer," 3 July 2018 And the Radio Waves jinx has been especially strong on morning shows. Ben Fong-torres, San Francisco Chronicle, "50 years ago, KCBS went (almost) all news," 23 May 2018 The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths on Saturday. Beth Harris, courant.com, "Justify Wins Sloppy Kentucky Derby, Baffert Gets Fifth Title," 6 May 2018 The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths on Saturday. Beth Harris, Philly.com, "Justify makes history in rain-soaked Kentucky Derby victory," 5 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Borschberg had been nervous not to jinx the final leg of the mission, and his fear would later be considered foresight. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Last-Minute Danger, Solar Plane Completes Trip Across USA," 7 July 2013 This column is mostly just an attempt to jinx us into something resembling real drama over the next two weeks. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Nobody Needed Another Warriors-Cavs Finals," 30 May 2018 The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation president has been knocking on wood for months as not to jinx New Orleans' chances to land Super Bowl 2024. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "'I know he's here:' Gayle Benson evokes late husband Tom in winning Super Bowl pitch," 23 May 2018 Nobody wants to jinx anything, nobody wants to make any assumptions. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors-Cavs Game 4: The trophy and champagne are in the building," 8 June 2018 At the risk of jinxing the Pelicans the rest of the way, this series looks over. NOLA.com, "5 takeaways as Pelicans torch Blazers in Game 3," 19 Apr. 2018 But jinxing is a very important science in the space reporting field. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Verge science reporter Loren Grush on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 24 Apr. 2018 The Astros lost and Abbott was roasted for jinxing the team. Peggy Fikac, San Antonio Express-News, "Gov. Abbott says he’ll face Valdez, but White hopes to prove him wrong," 8 Apr. 2018 Hart stopped short of making any predictions to avoid jinxing Villanova. Tania Ganguli, latimes.com, "Hart’s Villanova, Pelinka’s Michigan poised for dust-up," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of jinx


1904, in the meaning defined above


1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jinx


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

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The first known use of jinx was in 1904

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English Language Learners Definition of jinx

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of jinx (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring bad luck to (someone or something)


\ˈjiŋks \
plural jinxes

Kids Definition of jinx

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something or someone that brings bad luck


jinxed; jinxing

Kids Definition of jinx (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring bad luck to

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