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Origin uncertain. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests onomatopoeia for motion. Attested since the eighteenth century.


jink (plural jinks)

  1. A quick evasive turn.

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jink (third-person singular simple present jinks, present participle jinking, simple past and past participle jinked)

  1. (intransitive) To make a quick evasive turn.
    • 1786, Robert Burns, "Address to the Devil", Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect volume I:
      But faith! he'll turn a corner jinkin, / An' cheat you yet.
    • 2011 January 5, Jonathan Stevenson, “Arsenal 0 - 0 Man City”, BBC:
      As the Gunners attacked in unrelenting waves of red the opportunities started to fall their way, as the outstanding Wilshere fired at Hart and then Van Persie jinked into space only to see his arrow-like 18-yard left-foot rocket shot cannon back off the base of Hart's right-hand post.
  2. (transitive) To cause a vehicle to make a quick evasive turn.