Definition of jink in US English:

jink

verb

[no object]
  • Change direction suddenly and nimbly, as when dodging a pursuer.

    ‘she was too quick for him and jinked away every time’
    • ‘Edgar reduced the deficit with a 35-metre penalty before winger Rory Watson restored parity, jinking in on the right just before half-time.’
    • ‘We drop still further, the aircraft jinking about slightly more as we descend, maybe manoeuvring with the LSO's instructions.’
    • ‘With five minutes to go he jinked through three Hertford defenders but his shot sailed agonisingly wide.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The speedy winger jinked and swerved through a dozen pairs of hands before touching down.’
    • ‘A rough ride awaits any driver who cooks his brakes, charging and jinking through the corner combinations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 began juking and jinking, avoiding the deadly barrage directed at him.’
    • ‘This was Ja Fallon at his best again, jinking and dodging and dicating the play, setting up attacks in waves.’
    • ‘And moments later, it was Savage who jinked through the Donegal defence before placing young Meehan who coolly fired home a lovely goal.’
    • ‘Gonzo Antreya fought for all he was worth, juking, jinking, firing lasers, launching missiles.’
    • ‘Gattuso never let him rest on the ball, and delighted fans when he jinked past his bemused opponent.’
    • ‘My thoughts were jinking back and forth between the phrases ‘web log’ and ‘ship's log’ as I walked to the acupuncturist this afternoon.’
    • ‘He jinked into the box from the right flank and stung van der Sar's palms with a left-foot strike.’
    • ‘But he suddenly jinked to his right in the shadow of the post hampering Paolini and Brian Meehan's Kaieteur.’
    • ‘Pairs of hares scampered and jinked in telepathically close formation; rape fields were yellowing.’
    • ‘Everywhere I saw helicopters jukeing and jinking, ducking and dodging.’

noun

  • A sudden quick change of direction.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A little jink through and he shaped as if to shoot.’
    • ‘Only a last-second jink to the left by Danny avoids a spectacularly violent end to their escape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admittedly, the tackling was suspect, but the searing pace and impossible jinks demonstrated by the winger would cause problems for any defence.’
    • ‘I briefed the crew on all the maneuvers I planned to complete, including mild aerobatics, SAM defenses, and, finally, low-level defensive jinks.’
    • ‘Scotland isn't just tartan fun and highland jinks, it's urban youth culture as well.’
    • ‘My wife and other daughter quickly recognized my tactical jink and attempted to perform the same 180-degree maneuver.’
    • ‘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 jink, a change of pace and it was to the endline to hammer across balls the sort great headers dream of.’
    • ‘The Nigerian let the ball beat him before a little jink wrong-footed Robinson, and he clipped it into the net.’
    • ‘Their unease was made worse by the sparkling little jinks of the Jed Kiwi Yule, who very nearly went clear to the line.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

jink

/jiNGk//dʒɪŋk/