\ 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

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

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 Manchester United also became a victim of the rapper's jinx, losing in the FA Cup shortly after its players posed for pictures with him. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Drake celebrates the Raptors' NBA championship with new music," 14 June 2019 Don’t wear that again Then there are perceived jinxes regarding uniforms. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 Other jinxes don’t faze me—black cats, opening umbrellas indoors, traveling on Friday the 13th. Allan Ripp, WSJ, "I’m Less Afraid of Snakes Than Ladders," 23 May 2019 Brandt says the idea of that jinx stems from an early defeat in St. Louis. Teresa M. Walker, chicagotribune.com, "NFL at 100: The evolution of uniforms, from bees to Color Rush," 7 June 2019 After a few tales about college hi-jinx and first impression roses, one woman, Elyse, stood up and revealed that Colton Underwood, at 26, is the first younger guy she's dated. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On The Bachelor, A Woman Over 27 Is Considered a 'Cougar'," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Evan Faulkner, 21, of Coventry, Conn., tried hard not to jinx the Bruins. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins fans, Cup-crazed before final game, stream out of bars crushed," 13 June 2019 Quintana didn’t want to jinx it and say anything to his family. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers add a bunch of 'dudes' who can hit through MLB draft," 7 June 2019 Male’s Kelsie Houchens didn’t want anyone to jinx her. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Kelsie Houchens' perfect game propels Male softball past Boyle County in state semifinals," 14 June 2019 Of all the seasons Russell Wilson has played in the league, this would be the worst one to jinx him. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "More than ever, Seahawks need to ride on Russell Wilson’s healthy shoulders," 3 Sep. 2018 Barring any more twists in the saga (which probably just jinxed it), May will remain in power, and can’t face another leadership challenge from her own party for another 12 months. Jen Kirby, Vox, "British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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)

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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to fake an opponent out of position

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