Meaning of jinx in English:


Pronunciation /dʒɪŋks/

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  • A person or thing that brings bad luck.

    ‘one was never to wish luck to someone going hunting or fishing, as it was seen as a jinx’
    • ‘Are you suffering from depression, substance abuse, obesity, stress, impotence, domestic problems or even a jinx?’
    • ‘I pity any adult who still actually believes in jinxes and curses or any such stuff.’
    • ‘The Indian cricket team once again failed to break the jinx yesterday which left thousands of fans disappointed.’
    • ‘Pilots are usually well-educated, highly analytical types whom you would not normally expect to believe in luck or jinxes.’
    • ‘By vocalizing your overconfidence, you leave your squad vulnerable to all kinds of bad karma, curses and jinxes.’
    • ‘You're not the only one who believes in jinxes, you know.’
    • ‘The best thing you can do to avoid jinxes is to focus on the Eagles' potential to lose because of last year.’
    • ‘The plot is a suitably ludicrous tale of high jinxes, sporty endeavours, girly crushes and hidden treasure.’
    • ‘Gloucester finally ended their away jinx with a 16-0 victory over Harlequins at The Stoop, but the match was an appalling advert for the Zurich Premiership.’
    • ‘I haven't mentioned much about the politics of the homeowners association lately out of fear that I'd put a jinx on the overall shift toward good relations.’
    • ‘Byatt's account of the jinx's stream of consciousness during her ritual killing ventures beyond the limits of verisimilitude.’
    • ‘I forgot, of course, that this is Philly: The whole town is a jinx.’
    • ‘Saltires hero Paul Hoffmann hopes to end a personal jinx and help Uddingston keep the Coronel Scottish Cup.’
    • ‘If the latest trends are anything to go by, tourism trade watchers are hopeful that India will break the jinx of just 2.5 million foreign tourists a year.’
    • ‘Many of us still say ‘knock on wood’ or ‘touch wood’ when we want to prevent a jinx on whatever we just mentioned.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the injury jinx struck the Gaeltacht youngster and he was forced to retire.’
    • ‘His son should better be advised to deal with the despot carefully lest it becomes the jinx of both father and son.’
    • ‘Padraig was upbeat when questioned about the jinx and said he was aiming to disprove the theory.’
    • ‘Whenever I say things like this events have a habit of not going as planned, so I may well have just put a jinx on myself.’
    • ‘When he was a schoolboy in Glasgow his father would take him to matches and tease Alex for being a jinx when Rangers lost.’
    curse, spell, hoodoo, malediction, plague, affliction
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[with object]
  • Bring bad luck to; cast an evil spell on.

    ‘the play is jinxed’
    • ‘The more superstitious among us would have sworn our hockey luck was jinxed.’
    • ‘There were moments where we felt like we were jinxing the whole thing, pushing our luck, but we decided to test fate and stock up anyhow.’
    • ‘The chains had been cursed, jinxed by the many hands that had been bound.’
    • ‘The question of whether the sequels were jinxed is one that the cast and crew are reluctant to acknowledge, but one which has crossed their minds.’
    • ‘I almost hate to say that because I'm afraid of jinxing it.’
    • ‘Then she tapped herself three times on the head, as if it were wood and could prevent her from jinxing her team.’
    • ‘Friday morning I snuck into town for an interview, not wanting Miss R. to know and in order to avoid jinxing it.’
    • ‘A passport mix-up nearly jinxed the recent ceremony, said the mother-in-law, the already happily married Judy Gates of Yarrow Point.’
    • ‘The thought is that by talking about my Webbys' acceptance speech so much, I've jinxed myself out of winning.’
    • ‘‘There was just a feeling that we were jinxed,’ says Garnett, relieved to have this latest contract under his belt.’
    • ‘People have got to stop singing ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody,’ which must be jinxed.’
    • ‘The 27-year-old could be forgiven for thinking he is jinxed after suffering a string of setbacks in his bid to make his American debut.’
    • ‘Did our English friends truly wish to be jinxed?’
    • ‘And you'd think the project was almost jinxed; I think we had three changes of Indian government.’
    • ‘When it comes to moving house I am positively jinxed.’
    • ‘They must be thinking that this wedding is jinxed.’
    • ‘Do you ever get the feeling that you've jinxed yourself?’
    • ‘I jinxed myself the other day by saying this was the first year since I was 18 that I'd not had bronchitis or lost my voice.’
    • ‘The England team were jinxed as soon as I paid any attention to them.’
    • ‘I think what might have jinxed it up was the anti-virus software running in the background.’
    curse, cast a spell on, put the evil eye on, hoodoo, bewitch
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  • Said when two people inadvertently say the same thing at once.

    • ‘‘What's happened?’ we both say at exactly the same time. ‘Jinx!’’


    With reference to a children's game in which whoever fails to say ‘jinx’ first is not allowed to speak.


Early 20th century (originally US): probably a variant of jynx ‘wryneck’ (because the bird was used in witchcraft).