A glass of gin and tonic on ice.
- The definition of gin is a form of alcohol distilled from grain and flavored with juniper berries, or a card game that is a two-handed form of rummy, or a machine to remove seeds from cotton, or a specific type of special-purpose machine.
- Alcohol flavored with juniper berries is an example of gin.
- A two-handed form of rummy is an example of gin.
- A machine that separates the cotton fiber from the cotton seeds is an example of a cotton gin.
- A machine for lifting and moving heavy objects is an example of a gin.
- a strong, aromatic alcoholic liquor distilled from rye and other grains and flavored with juniper berries
- a similar liquor differently flavored: sloe gin
- Archaic alcoholic liquor generally
Origin of gin; from geneva
Origin of ginuncertain or unknown; perhaps contr. ; from given, influenced, influence uncertain or unknown; perhaps by Scottish preposition gin, by (a certain time)
- to generate, devise, etc.
- to stir up, stimulate, enliven, etc.
Origin of ginphrase uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; from old slang gin up, to become intoxicated ; from ginger ()
Origin of ginAlteration of geneva, from Dutch jenever, from Middle Dutch geniver, juniper, from Old French geneivre, from Vulgar Latin *iiniperus, from Latin iūniperus.
- Any of several machines or devices, especially:a. A machine for hoisting or moving heavy objects.b. A pile driver.c. A snare or trap for game.d. A pump operated by a windmill.
- A cotton gin.
transitive verbginned ginned, gin·ning, gins
- To remove the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin.
- To trap in a gin.
Origin of ginMiddle English, from Old French, short for engin, skill; see engine.
(countable and uncountable, plural gins)
- A colourless non-aged alcoholic liquor made by distilling fermented grains such as barley, corn, oats or rye with juniper berries; the base for many cocktails.
- (uncountable) gin rummy
- (poker) drawing the best card or combination of cards
- Johnny Chan held jack-nine, and hit gin when a queen-ten-eight board was dealt out.
- A snare or trap for game.
- A machine for raising or moving heavy objects, consisting of a tripod formed of poles united at the top, with a windlass, pulleys, ropes, etc.
- (mining) A hoisting drum, usually vertical; a whim.
- A pile driver.
- A windpump.
- A cotton gin.
- An instrument of torture worked with screws.
- (cotton gin): ginner, ginnery
(third-person singular simple present gins, present participle ginning, simple past and past participle ginned)
(third-person singular simple present gins, present participle ginning, simple past gan, past participle gun)
- (archaic) To begin.
From Dharug dyin, but having acquired a derogatory tone.