What does jinx mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word jinx.

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!"


  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.


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jinx in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jinx in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bill Bratton:

    Shh ... we don't want to jinx it, we're into our 12th day now, Charlie. Eleven is a record and let's keep it going.

  2. Dimitris Itoudis:

    If I could say for sure we would break the jinx and win the trophy I would have to be a magician and I am not a magician, I am just a coach, it's a great honor for the club to see them pick up these personal trophies but the most important thing is that they all said to me they were only interested in winning the title.

  3. Liam Neeson:

    The Dustin Hoffman thing, I’m on the fence about that, when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family – other actors, technicians – you do silly things and it becomes kind of superstitious if you don’t do it every night you think it’s going to jinx the show. I’m not saying I’ve done similar things to what [Hoffman] apparently did but it’s childhood stuff.

  4. Liam Neesonhas:

    Because when you’re doing a play and you’re with your family, other actors, technicians, you do silly things. You do silly things. And it becomes kind of superstitious, if you don’t do it every night, you think it’s going to jinx the show, i think Dustin Hoffman was — I ’m not saying I’ve done similar things like what Dustin Hoffman did, Liam Neesonhas know. Apparently Dustin Hoffman touched another girl’s breast and stuff. But it’s childhood stuff, what Dustin Hoffman was doing.

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Translations for jinx

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • جلب النحس, نحسArabic
  • uhranoutCzech
  • verhexenGerman
  • maleficio, gafe, ave de mal agüero, maldiciónSpanish
  • pahanilmanlintu, kirota, aiheuttaa pahaa onnea, kirousFinnish
  • porter la guigne, maléfice, porte-malheur, porter malheurFrench
  • iettatoreItalian
  • 邪視Japanese
  • 재수 없는 물건Korean
  • ongeluksbrengerDutch
  • zapeszyćPolish
  • azarar, agourento, enguiçoPortuguese
  • колдунья, злые чары, сглаз, сглазить, принести несчастье, дурной глаз, ведьма, колдун, порчаRussian
  • förbanna, förtrolla, förhäxa, ge otur, förbannelseSwedish

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