jinx

noun
\ ˈjiŋ(k)s How to pronounce jinx (audio) \

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

jinx

verb
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

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Examples of jinx in a Sentence

Noun That guy is a jinx. He felt like he'd finally broken the jinx. She threatened to put a jinx on him. Verb 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 Jackson, a transfer from Virginia Tech, beat out Pigrome for the starting job this summer and threw 10 touchdown passes before succumbing to the seemingly inevitable jinx that has plagued Maryland quarterbacks for years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pigrome takes another ride on Maryland quarterback carousel," 8 Oct. 2019 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who doesn’t believe in the jinx … Mike McIntyre. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Chris Porter headlines Hilarities, plus other comedy news in Cleveland," 21 Aug. 2019 Wait a minute, the Sports Illustrated jinx isn’t real at all. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Uh-oh. Sports Illustrated just put the Browns on the cover of its NFL preview issue," 20 Aug. 2019 So while the Cubs may have had a black cat jinx, Flood was never too worried about that old black magic himself. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "'It's My One Claim to Fame': The Untold Story of the Cubs’ Black Cat Jinx," 6 Sep. 2019 The entire home run derby jinx is urban legend, with no facts to back it up. Houston Mitchell, latimes.com, "Dodgers Dugout: Joc Pederson and the home run derby myth," 9 July 2019 Maybe, just maybe, she had been hit with the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "She was 15, a swimmer at Broad Ripple High, when she landed the cover of Sports Illustrated," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Frequent changes or unpredictable events can jinx your efforts. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 7, 2020: Leo, share your dreams; Capricorn, trust and be trusted," 7 Apr. 2020 After 30 years without winning English football's top-flight title, there's a sense that careless words might jinx a potentially history-making season that -- so far -- has been almost perfect. John Sinnott, CNN, "Relentless Liverpool on course for record-breaking season," 13 Jan. 2020 That’s because Sports Illustrated, keeper of bad juju masquerading as a magazine, has gone and put the Browns on the damn cover of its annual NFL Preview issue, jinxing the team and instantly killing the hopes and dreams of an entire fanbase. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Uh-oh. Sports Illustrated just put the Browns on the cover of its NFL preview issue," 20 Aug. 2019 The next season, a billboard near their hotel greeted the Cowboys boasting that Dallas would be jinxed by being forced to wear blue again. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 Meanwhile, the Black Cat Incident, as it was dubbed, became another chapter in the Cubs' long-running history of misery, with the ebony feline—a notorious symbol of bad luck, of course—blamed for jinxing the team. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "'It's My One Claim to Fame': The Untold Story of the Cubs’ Black Cat Jinx," 6 Sep. 2019 The question had lingered since the second quarter: Which of the teams in the NFL's Monday night game had been jinxed by the black cat that made an appearance on the field at MetLife Stadium? Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Cowboys, Cooper (cat?) defeat Giants in NFL’s Monday night game," 5 Nov. 2019 The Rockets lost 101-92 and detractors accused him of jinxing the team with his presence, using the hashtag #CruzCurse. Dallas News, "Ted Cruz received Houston Rockets playoff tickets worth $8,000 from top donor in 2018," 15 Aug. 2019 This is brought up to offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, and immediately is shouted down by many for possibly jinxing the 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior. oregonlive.com, "A frisky-feeling Noah Togiai could elevate Oregon State’s tight end play in a big way: Day 7 recap," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jinx

Noun

1904, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jinx

Noun

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

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“Jinx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jinx. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for jinx

jinx

noun
How to pronounce jinx (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jinx

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

jinx

verb

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

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

jinx

noun
\ ˈjiŋks How to pronounce jinx (audio) \
plural jinxes

Kids Definition of jinx

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something or someone that brings bad luck

jinx

verb
jinxed; jinxing

Kids Definition of jinx (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring bad luck to

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