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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Contrary to all that gar-bage about being a jinx, she brought me nothing but good luck.
▪ Muttering some vulgar exorcism to avert the jinx, Juron tore the panel open.
▪ Now she's waiting for Wimbledon and a chance to beat her second round jinx.
▪ They reckon it's a jinx after last night.
▪ This weekend they all want to end the January jinx.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

jinx \jinx\ (j[i^][ng]ks), n. A person, object, influence, or supernatural being which is supposed to bring bad luck or to cause things to go wrong.


jinx \jinx\ (j[i^][ng]ks), v. t. To bring bad luck to; to cause to malfunction or go wrong; as, some superstitious people are reluctant to predict success for fear it will jinx them. [Slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1911, American English, originally baseball slang; perhaps ultimately from jyng "a charm, a spell" (17c.), originally "wryneck," a bird used in witchcraft and divination, from Latin iynx "wryneck," from Greek iynx.\n\nMost mysterious of all in the psychics of baseball is the "jinx," that peculiar "hoodoo" which affects, at times, a man, at other times a whole team. Let a man begin to think that there is a "jinx" about, and he is done for for the time being.

["Technical World Magazine," 1911]

\nThe verb is 1912 in American English, from the noun. Related: Jinxed; jinxing.

interj. 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. n. 1 A hex; an evil spell. 2 A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To cast a spell on. 2 (context transitive English) To bring bad luck to.

  1. n. a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him [syn: jonah]

  2. an evil spell; "a witch put a curse on his whole family"; "he put the whammy on me" [syn: hex, curse, whammy]

  3. v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something [syn: hex, bewitch, glamour, witch, enchant]

  4. foredoom to failure; "This project is jinxed!"


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".

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 seriously.

Jinx (DC Comics)

Jinx is a fictional comic book supervillain and member of the Fearsome Five, appearing in books published by DC Comics universe. Created by Marv Wolfman and Chuck Patton, she first appeared in Tales of the Teen Titans #56 (August 1985).

This character bears no relation to the male character of the same name who first appeared in Adventure Comics #488 as an adversary of Chris King and Vicki Grant.

Jinx (Quarashi album)

Jinx is the fourth album by Quarashi, and is the only album the group released on a major record label. It was released on 9 April 2002. It was their first album to receive an international release, being released not only in Iceland, but also in the United States, Australia, Japan, and the rest of Europe. As such, Jinx is Quarashi's best known album.

Jinx (Image Comics)

Jinx is a comic book series published first by Caliber Comics and then Image Comics, written and drawn by Brian Michael Bendis.

Jinx (disambiguation)

A jinx is a condition of bad luck possibly by way of a curse.

Jinx or The Jinx may also refer to:

Jinx (children's game)

Jinx is children's game with varying rules and penalties that occurs when two people unintentionally speak the same word or phrase simultaneously.

Jinx (G.I. Joe)

Jinx is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. She debuted in 1987 as the G.I. Joe Team's female ninja character, and since then her code name has been the identity of several other incarnations of the same character, including one of Snake Eyes' apprentices in G.I. Joe: Sigma 6, Chuckles' undercover contact in G.I. Joe: Cobra, and Storm Shadow's cousin in G.I. Joe: Renegades. She is portrayed by Élodie Yung in the 2013 film G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Jinx (Cabot novel)

Jinx is a 2007 young adult novel.

Jinx (1919 film)

Jinx is a 1919 film starring Mabel Normand and directed by Victor Schertzinger. Its survival status is classified as being unknown, which suggests that it is a lost film.

Jinx (Rory Gallagher album)

Jinx is the ninth studio release by the Irish musician Rory Gallagher. In 2000 it was remastered with different track order and bonus tracks. Length of some songs is also different to the LP.

Jinx (comics)

Jinx, in comics, can refer to:

  • Jinx (DC Comics), a supervillain and enemy of the Teen Titans
  • Jinx (Image Comics), a comic book series written and drawn by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Jinx (G.I. Joe), a G.I. Joe character who has appeared in the comic book based on the franchise
  • Jinx, a comic strip in The Beano featuring the sister of Jonah named Jinx.
  • Jinx, a Marvel Comics character who was linked with the Darkhold Redeemers
  • Jinx, a Marvel Comics character associated with Bishop
  • Jinx Bushka, a comic strip character from Funky Winkerbean
Jinx (band)

Jinx is a Croatian pop band from Zagreb which was formed in 1993.

They began their career under the name "High Jinx" coming from a concert in a Zagreb night-club Saloon.

The members of Jinx are guitarist Coco Mosquito, vocalist Jadranka Bastajic Yaya, drummer Berko Muratovic, keyboardist Mr. Goody, trumpet player Igor Pavlica and bassist Adam Matijasevic. Former members of the band are Goony, Kiky the Kid, bassist Samir Kadribasic, trumpet player Rudi and saxophone player Jordes.

The prefix "High" was dropped in 1995, since all fans who attended their first gigs referred to them solely as Jinx. Their first album, Sextasy, was released in English. Berko and Samir joined the band in 1996. In 1997, Jinx signed their first record contract with Aquarius Records and released their second album called Second Hand. In 2001, Percussionist Boris Popov joined the band.

Jinx disbanded in 2002 and made a comeback in 2007 with the album Na zapadu (In the West), having signed with Dallas Records.

Jinx (TV series)

Jinx is a British children's comedy television sitcom based on the 'Lulu Baker' trilogy of books, written by Fiona Dunbar. The first series premiered on 31 October 2009 on CBBC and ended its initial run on 23 January 2010. The series follows the life of Lulu Baker, a teenager who is able to cook spells. However, her fairy godmother, Cookie, stops things from going smoothly.

The first series was produced by Kindle Entertainment and over a three-month period, filmed in BBC Manchester studios and Oxford Road Studios, a second series has not been commissioned yet. Australian free-to-air channel ABC3 started airing the first episode on 28 September 2010.

Jinx (clothing)

Jinx, stylized as J!NX, is a San Diego, California-based clothing line started by Sean Gailey and Tim Norris in 1999 that creates video game -themed apparel.

Jinx (video game)

Jinx is a platform video game developed by HammerHead, Ltd. and published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. It was released for the PlayStation on 2003 only released in most parts of Europe. The game was never localized outside of Europe, because of its late release and the launch of the PlayStation 2.

Jinx (Weekend album)

Jinx is the second studio album from American band Weekend. It was released in July 2013 under Slumberland Records.

Jinx (Blackwood novel)

Jinx is a children's novel by Sage Blackwood, published by Harper Collins in 2013. Set in a sentient primeval forest called The Urwald, the novel follows the adventures of a boy named Jinx who is abandoned in the forest and rescued by the wizard Simon Magus. Jinx grows up in Simon's house. After the wizard does a spell on Jinx that causes him to lose his ability to see others' emotions, Jinx runs away to seek help from the evil Bonemaster.

The second and third books in the trilogy are Jinx's Magic (2014) and Jinx's Fire (2015).

Jinx (chimpanzee)

Jinx (1953–19??) was a performing chimpanzee, and member of the ice skating duo "Darlene and Jinx", with his owner and trainer Darlene Sellek.

Usage examples of "jinx".

Dealing with aliens seemed relatively straightforward compared with dealing with missing illegal immigrants, dodgy restaurant owners, learning to drive surrounded by a mob of delinquents and appearing in a jinxed dramatic production.

Jinx lets a laugh out and across the parking lot is a fucking pimpmobile, a platinum Lexus convertible with a noose of gold chain choking its rearview mirror and these evil black Doublemint Twins in the front seat, straight out of the life, living so large that their license plate ought to read gang related, in neon lights.

Perhaps it was the embodiment of the jinx that had ruined Pomelo City, for the collapse of the old filling station simply represented another disaster to the town.

During the course of the meal, Clenwick began to talk about the jinx that hung over Pomelo City.

As Lamont Cranston, The Shadow was perfectly placed to learn facts that might pertain to future crime, as well as gaining clues to a mystery of the past - the jinx that hovered above Pomelo City!

The trapping of a big-shot kidnaper would not clear the mystery that had jinxed Pomelo City.

He swallowed, wondering whether she had perhaps been reciting an incantation to jinx him so that he became ill from his dinner.

The more Harry pored over the book, the more he realized how much was in there, not only the handy hints and shortcuts on potions that was earning him such a glowing reputation with Slughorn, but also the imaginative little jinxes and hexes scribbled in the margins, which Harry was sure, judging by the crossings-out and revisions, that the Prince had invented himself.

Steevens whos a collectah ob odd tings specially if deya jonahs o jinxes hes done got his greedy eyes on de scroll of some po actah man whut went craizy and tinked his skoll was ham and eggs and lef it to somebody, and one of Mist Steevens naybors done finly git to own it.

We had the target buttoned up, and he was hedgehopping in that little kite, jinxing in the flak and taking quick squirts at foam.

Jinx from the saloon were giving a lunch for the newlyweds after the ceremonies.

As soon as he had gone, they told Alfie about the sabotage of the trap door, the mystery dancer and the feeling that was beginning to grow amongst the Tarts concerning a jinx.

Jinx folds his fingers up behind his back and stands staring at the headless gutted bass in the skillet aswim in butter and chopped onions.

Of Jinx Fairchild's friends Bobo is the loudest and the brawliest, and Iris has always shied away from something derisory in his manner.

If Jinx Fairchild takes note that there are never more than two or three Negroes on any Hammond sports team, football, basket ball, volleyball, nor, during basketball games, more than four Negroes on the court at a single time, he says nothing to his white teammates or to his coach but wonders is it a written down rule the Man abides by here in upstate New York or maybe everywhere?