Definition of jink in English:



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  • Change direction suddenly and nimbly, as when dodging a pursuer.

    ‘she was too quick for him and jinked away every time’
    • ‘Everywhere I saw helicopters jukeing and jinking, ducking and dodging.’
    • ‘Pairs of hares scampered and jinked in telepathically close formation; rape fields were yellowing.’
    • ‘And moments later, it was Savage who jinked through the Donegal defence before placing young Meehan who coolly fired home a lovely goal.’
    • ‘My thoughts were jinking back and forth between the phrases ‘web log’ and ‘ship's log’ as I walked to the acupuncturist this afternoon.’
    • ‘Gattuso never let him rest on the ball, and delighted fans when he jinked past his bemused opponent.’
    • ‘Desperately keeping himself in the air, Cecil jinked around to dodge the other shockwaves that Ralph threw out at him while he recovered from the first blow.’
    • ‘With five minutes to go he jinked through three Hertford defenders but his shot sailed agonisingly wide.’
    • ‘We drop still further, the aircraft jinking about slightly more as we descend, maybe manoeuvring with the LSO's instructions.’
    • ‘He began juking and jinking, avoiding the deadly barrage directed at him.’
    • ‘Gonzo Antreya fought for all he was worth, juking, jinking, firing lasers, launching missiles.’
    • ‘Edgar reduced the deficit with a 35-metre penalty before winger Rory Watson restored parity, jinking in on the right just before half-time.’
    • ‘Think of him running across Pierre Wome, jinking inside, the low centre of gravity keeping him on his feet and helping him evade the tackle.’
    • ‘I make the most of it, jinking around the cars ahead of us and jamming the RPMs to redline.’
    • ‘A rough ride awaits any driver who cooks his brakes, charging and jinking through the corner combinations.’
    • ‘This was Ja Fallon at his best again, jinking and dodging and dicating the play, setting up attacks in waves.’
    • ‘On the first lift, the I-beam, though still on the deck, had kept moving below the helicopter, jinking to the left and right, forward and back.’
    • ‘He jinked into the box from the right flank and stung van der Sar's palms with a left-foot strike.’
    • ‘The speedy winger jinked and swerved through a dozen pairs of hands before touching down.’
    • ‘Hartley completed her hat - trick by jinking round the goalie before Cathy Hollis struck home a powerful shot from a penalty corner to make it 6-at half-time.’
    • ‘But he suddenly jinked to his right in the shadow of the post hampering Paolini and Brian Meehan's Kaieteur.’


  • A sudden quick change of direction.

    ‘people remember him for his runs on the wing, his jinks’
    • ‘A jink, a change of pace and it was to the endline to hammer across balls the sort great headers dream of.’
    • ‘Melly - the centre that is - was on the prowl and with a jink to his right and a feint with his ball hand, he glided through the Boyne midfield to score at the posts.’
    • ‘I briefed the crew on all the maneuvers I planned to complete, including mild aerobatics, SAM defenses, and, finally, low-level defensive jinks.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the tackling was suspect, but the searing pace and impossible jinks demonstrated by the winger would cause problems for any defence.’
    • ‘Only a last-second jink to the left by Danny avoids a spectacularly violent end to their escape.’
    • ‘The Nigerian let the ball beat him before a little jink wrong-footed Robinson, and he clipped it into the net.’
    • ‘High jinks and fast-moving action prove another winning combination for Bad Boy cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in this long-awaited sequel.’
    • ‘Their unease was made worse by the sparkling little jinks of the Jed Kiwi Yule, who very nearly went clear to the line.’
    • ‘A little jink through and he shaped as if to shoot.’
    • ‘Scotland isn't just tartan fun and highland jinks, it's urban youth culture as well.’
    • ‘A trademark jink and artful cross paved the way for a goal that hauled Everton back into an encounter in which they were 2-0 down.’
    • ‘While Johnstone's many jinks included that drunken-sailor routine off the coast of Largs, his body double prefers to use a rowing boat for more respectable reasons.’
    • ‘My wife and other daughter quickly recognized my tactical jink and attempted to perform the same 180-degree maneuver.’


Late 17th century (originally Scots as high jinks, denoting antics at drinking parties): probably symbolic of nimble motion. Current senses date from the 18th century.