• (British, America) IPA: /dʒɪŋks/

jinx (plural jinxes)

  1. A hex; an evil spell.
    Synonyms: curse, hoodoo, Indian sign, spell
  2. A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck.
Translations Translations Verb

jinx (jinxes, present participle jinxing; past and past participle jinxed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on.
  2. (transitive) To bring bad luck to.
  3. (transitive) To cause something to happen by mentioning it, usually sarcastically.
    • 2008, Susane Colasanti, When It Happens, Penguin (ISBN 9781440639371), chapter 46 ↗:
      “So you'll all be near New York!” Maggie says. “We don't know for sure yet.” Sara stresses. “Don't jinx it.”
    • 2012, Sally Heinrich, Hungry Ghosts, Hachette UK (ISBN 9780734413581)
      I've no idea if she guessed what I was intending to do. I don't know why I was so reluctant to talk about it, even to her. Maybe I was afraid that verbalising my intentions would jinx it in some way.
Translations Translations
  • French: porter la poisse
  • German: verhexen
  • Italian: portare sfortuna, portare scalogna, portare iella, portare sfiga, gufare, iellare, iettare
  • Portuguese: azarar
  • Russian: сгла́зить
  • Spanish: traer mala suerte, gafar, gafarse
  1. ngd Used after the same response is said by two people simultaneously.
    Synonyms: snap

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