An example of jinx is to tell someone that they won’t do well at a competition.
An example of a jinx is a charm that someone says is cursed.
Origin of jinx
- Possibly from jynx wryneck (from its use in witchcraft) from Latin iynx from Greek iunx perhaps from iuzein to call, cry
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From jynx in the transferred sense “a charm or spell”.