- The definition of a jinx is something that gives you bad luck.
An example of a jinx is a charm that someone says is cursed.
- To jinx is defined as to bring someone bad luck.
An example of jinx is to tell someone that they won’t do well at a competition.
- a person or thing believed to bring bad luck
- a spell or period of bad luck
Origin of jinxearlier jynx ; from Classical Latin iynx ; from Classical Greek the wryneck (bird used in black magic)
- A person or thing that is believed to bring bad luck.
- A condition or period of bad luck that appears to have been caused by a specific person or thing.
transitive verbjinxed, jinx·ing, jinx·es
Origin of jinxPossibly from jynx, wryneck (from its use in witchcraft), from Latin iynx, from Greek iunx, perhaps from iuzein, to call, cry.
(third-person singular simple present jinxes, present participle jinxing, simple past and past participle jinxed)
- Used after the same response is said by two people simultaneously. Often, a game is played where the person who failed to say "jinx" first becomes "jinxed", whereby they cannot speak until someone says their name.
From jynx in the transferred sense “a charm or spell”.