Definition of jinx in English:



  • A person or thing that brings bad luck:

    ‘he regarded her as a jinx because she had lost her husband’
    • ‘Pilots are usually well-educated, highly analytical types whom you would not normally expect to believe in luck or jinxes.’
    • ‘Padraig was upbeat when questioned about the jinx and said he was aiming to disprove the theory.’
    • ‘Many of us still say ‘knock on wood’ or ‘touch wood’ when we want to prevent a jinx on whatever we just mentioned.’
    • ‘Whenever I say things like this events have a habit of not going as planned, so I may well have just put a jinx on myself.’
    • ‘When he was a schoolboy in Glasgow his father would take him to matches and tease Alex for being a jinx when Rangers lost.’
    • ‘If the latest trends are anything to go by, tourism trade watchers are hopeful that India will break the jinx of just 2.5 million foreign tourists a year.’
    • ‘Saltires hero Paul Hoffmann hopes to end a personal jinx and help Uddingston keep the Coronel Scottish Cup.’
    • ‘Byatt's account of the jinx's stream of consciousness during her ritual killing ventures beyond the limits of verisimilitude.’
    • ‘Gloucester finally ended their away jinx with a 16-0 victory over Harlequins at The Stoop, but the match was an appalling advert for the Zurich Premiership.’
    • ‘Are you suffering from depression, substance abuse, obesity, stress, impotence, domestic problems or even a jinx?’
    • ‘You're not the only one who believes in jinxes, you know.’
    • ‘By vocalizing your overconfidence, you leave your squad vulnerable to all kinds of bad karma, curses and jinxes.’
    • ‘I forgot, of course, that this is Philly: The whole town is a jinx.’
    • ‘His son should better be advised to deal with the despot carefully lest it becomes the jinx of both father and son.’
    • ‘I pity any adult who still actually believes in jinxes and curses or any such stuff.’
    • ‘The best thing you can do to avoid jinxes is to focus on the Eagles' potential to lose because of last year.’
    • ‘The Indian cricket team once again failed to break the jinx yesterday which left thousands of fans disappointed.’
    • ‘I haven't mentioned much about the politics of the homeowners association lately out of fear that I'd put a jinx on the overall shift toward good relations.’
    • ‘The plot is a suitably ludicrous tale of high jinxes, sporty endeavours, girly crushes and hidden treasure.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the injury jinx struck the Gaeltacht youngster and he was forced to retire.’
    curse, spell, hoodoo, malediction, plague, affliction
    the evil eye, black magic, voodoo, bad luck, evil fortune
    the kiss of death
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  • Bring bad luck to; cast an evil spell on:

    ‘the play is jinxed’
    • ‘Did our English friends truly wish to be jinxed?’
    • ‘People have got to stop singing ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody,’ which must be jinxed.’
    • ‘The chains had been cursed, jinxed by the many hands that had been bound.’
    • ‘When it comes to moving house I am positively jinxed.’
    • ‘I almost hate to say that because I'm afraid of jinxing it.’
    • ‘The more superstitious among us would have sworn our hockey luck was jinxed.’
    • ‘I jinxed myself the other day by saying this was the first year since I was 18 that I'd not had bronchitis or lost my voice.’
    • ‘The England team were jinxed as soon as I paid any attention to them.’
    • ‘Friday morning I snuck into town for an interview, not wanting Miss R. to know and in order to avoid jinxing it.’
    • ‘The thought is that by talking about my Webbys' acceptance speech so much, I've jinxed myself out of winning.’
    • ‘I think what might have jinxed it up was the anti-virus software running in the background.’
    • ‘The question of whether the sequels were jinxed is one that the cast and crew are reluctant to acknowledge, but one which has crossed their minds.’
    • ‘The 27-year-old could be forgiven for thinking he is jinxed after suffering a string of setbacks in his bid to make his American debut.’
    • ‘There were moments where we felt like we were jinxing the whole thing, pushing our luck, but we decided to test fate and stock up anyhow.’
    • ‘‘There was just a feeling that we were jinxed,’ says Garnett, relieved to have this latest contract under his belt.’
    • ‘Then she tapped herself three times on the head, as if it were wood and could prevent her from jinxing her team.’
    • ‘A passport mix-up nearly jinxed the recent ceremony, said the mother-in-law, the already happily married Judy Gates of Yarrow Point.’
    • ‘They must be thinking that this wedding is jinxed.’
    • ‘And you'd think the project was almost jinxed; I think we had three changes of Indian government.’
    • ‘Do you ever get the feeling that you've jinxed yourself?’
    curse, cast a spell on, put the evil eye on, hoodoo, bewitch
    point the bone at
    mozz, put the mozz on
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Early 20th century (originally US): probably a variant of jynx ‘wryneck’ (because the bird was used in witchcraft).