Definition of jink in English:



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

    ‘she was too quick for him and jinked away every time’
    • ‘Gattuso never let him rest on the ball, and delighted fans when he jinked past his bemused opponent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With five minutes to go he jinked through three Hertford defenders but his shot sailed agonisingly wide.’
    • ‘But he suddenly jinked to his right in the shadow of the post hampering Paolini and Brian Meehan's Kaieteur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pairs of hares scampered and jinked in telepathically close formation; rape fields were yellowing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I make the most of it, jinking around the cars ahead of us and jamming the RPMs to redline.’
    • ‘Gonzo Antreya fought for all he was worth, juking, jinking, firing lasers, launching missiles.’
    • ‘Everywhere I saw helicopters jukeing and jinking, ducking and dodging.’
    • ‘And moments later, it was Savage who jinked through the Donegal defence before placing young Meehan who coolly fired home a lovely goal.’
    • ‘Edgar reduced the deficit with a 35-metre penalty before winger Rory Watson restored parity, jinking in on the right just before half-time.’
    • ‘My thoughts were jinking back and forth between the phrases ‘web log’ and ‘ship's log’ as I walked to the acupuncturist this afternoon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He began juking and jinking, avoiding the deadly barrage directed at him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We drop still further, the aircraft jinking about slightly more as we descend, maybe manoeuvring with the LSO's instructions.’


  • A sudden quick change of direction.

    ‘people remember him for his runs on the wing, his jinks’
    • ‘Scotland isn't just tartan fun and highland jinks, it's urban youth culture as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the tackling was suspect, but the searing pace and impossible jinks demonstrated by the winger would cause problems for any defence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A jink, a change of pace and it was to the endline to hammer across balls the sort great headers dream of.’
    • ‘High jinks and fast-moving action prove another winning combination for Bad Boy cops Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in this long-awaited sequel.’
    • ‘A little jink through and he shaped as if to shoot.’
    • ‘My wife and other daughter quickly recognized my tactical jink and attempted to perform the same 180-degree maneuver.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I briefed the crew on all the maneuvers I planned to complete, including mild aerobatics, SAM defenses, and, finally, low-level defensive jinks.’
    • ‘Their unease was made worse by the sparkling little jinks of the Jed Kiwi Yule, who very nearly went clear to the line.’


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.