A glass of gin and tonic on ice.
- 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 ginfrom geneva
- a snare, net, or trap, as for game or fish
- a machine for hoisting heavy objects
- cotton gin
Origin of ginME, ingenuity, machine, aphetic from Old French engin, engine
transitive verbginned, gin′ning
- to catch in a trap
- to remove seeds from (cotton) with a gin
intransitive verbgan, gin′ning
Origin of ginMiddle English ginnen, aphetic form of beginnen (see begin) and onginnen (OE onginnan, to attempt)
Origin of ginuncertain or unknown; perhaps contr. from given, influenced, influence uncertain or unknown; perhaps by Scottish preposition gin, by (a certain time)
intransitive verbginned, gin′ning
- to generate, devise, etc.
- to stir up, stimulate, enliven, etc.
Origin of ginphrase from uncertain or unknown; perhaps old slang gin up, to become intoxicated from ginger (transitive verb)
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, 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.