Definitions for jinxdʒɪŋks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jinxdʒɪŋks(n.)

  1. one thought to bring bad luck.

  2. a condition or spell of misfortune.

  3. (v.t.)to bring bad luck to.

Origin of jinx:

1910–15, Amer.; perh. < L jynx wryneck (bird used in divination and magic) < Gk íynx

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jonah, jinx(noun)

    a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him

  2. hex, jinx, curse, whammy(verb)

    an evil spell

    "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me"

  3. hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant, jinx(verb)

    cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

  4. jinx(verb)

    foredoom to failure

    "This project is jinxed!"

Wiktionary

  1. jinx(Noun)

    A hex; an evil spell.

  2. jinx(Noun)

    A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck.

  3. jinx(Verb)

    To cast a spell on.

  4. jinx(Verb)

    To bring bad luck to.

  5. jinx(Interjection)

    Used after the same response is said by two people simultaneously. Often, a game is played where the person who failed to say "jinx" first becomes "jinxed", whereby they cannot speak until someone says their name.

Freebase

  1. Jinx

    A jinx, in popular superstition and folklore, is: ⁕A type of curse placed on a person that makes them prey to many minor misfortunes and other forms of bad luck; ⁕A person afflicted with a similar curse, who, while not directly subject to a series of misfortunes, seems to attract them to anyone in his vicinity. ⁕An object or person that brings bad luck. ⁕A penalty that one person can invoke on another when the two of them say the same thing at the same time. The superstition can also be referenced when talking about a future event with too much confidence. A statement such as "We're sure to win the contest!" can be seen as a jinx because it tempts fate, thereby bringing bad luck. The event itself is referred to as "jinxed". A dramatic historical example of this type of jinxing is the RMS Titanic, which was said to be unsinkable, then sank on its maiden voyage. In a similar way, calling attention to good fortune – e.g. noting that a certain athlete is having a streak of particularly good fortune – is thought to "jinx" it. If the good fortune ends immediately afterward, the jinx is then blamed for the turn of events, often jokingly.

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