\ 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


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 But Duran Duran fortunately didn't experience the sophomore jinx when Rio was released on May 10, 1982. David Chiu, Forbes, "Duran Duran’s Classic ‘Rio’ Album Gets The Royal Treatment In New Book," 10 May 2021 However, in what is becoming somewhat of an unwanted jinx, the Bengals suffered a devastating injury when Burrow tore multiple ligaments in his knee at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "'It's not something you can predict': Bengals hope to break streak of top-pick injuries," 29 Apr. 2021 The Revolution nearly broke their Opening Day jinx, but settled for a 2-2 tie with the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field Saturday night. BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution Opening Day disappointment continues in tie with Fire," 17 Apr. 2021 Is there a greater jinx going than being universally declared the best team in the wide-open NFC? Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Saints are latest best team in the NFC but probably not the last," 14 Nov. 2020 So don’t think some kind of favorite jinx might derail Ohio State quarterbacks Justin Fields this season. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Everything that makes Ohio State QB Justin Fields an ideal Heisman Trophy candidate: Buckeye Take," 3 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only a player or someone in the dugout can jinx a no-hitter. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Boog Sciambi made his Chicago Cubs TV debut for Marquee Sports Network. Here’s how he did.," 3 Mar. 2021 Although the hospital executive offered to explain the situation if Oberst called back, Oberst didn't want to jinx it. Rebekah L. Sanders, The Arizona Republic, "Their 5-year-old broke his arm, and they paid the bills. Then came another charge, for more than $2,000," 29 Oct. 2020 Democrats, including Joe Biden, are trying not to jinx themselves as the political tide seems to turn against President Trump. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Democrats whisper ‘Biden landslide’," 22 June 2020 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

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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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14 May 2021

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“Jinx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jinx. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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



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

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


\ ˈjiŋks How to pronounce jinx (audio) \
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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