\ 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

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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Nov. 2020 So don’t think some kind of favorite jinx might derail Ohio State quarterbacks Justin Fields this season. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 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, 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, 21 Aug. 2019 Wait a minute, the Sports Illustrated jinx isn’t real at all. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The breaking of the Western Conference finals jinx last spring also puts an end to the question that the Clippers can be built for a championship. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 She was given the opportunity to ditch the headband for the finale, but then was reminded that cooking without wearing one might jinx her. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Sep. 2021 Page has a number of exciting projects coming up, and even more exciting rumors swirling around, but the private star won't jinx anything with speculation. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 26 May 2021 Only a player or someone in the dugout can jinx a no-hitter. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 22 June 2020 Frequent changes or unpredictable events can jinx your efforts. oregonlive, 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, 13 Jan. 2020

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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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“Jinx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jinx. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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 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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