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From jynx in the transferred sense “a charm or spell”.



jinx (plural jinxes)

  1. A hex; an evil spell.
    Synonyms: curse, hoodoo, Indian sign, spell
  2. A person or thing supposed to bring bad luck.

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jinx (third-person singular simple present jinxes, present participle jinxing, simple past and past participle jinxed)

  1. (transitive) To cast a spell on.
  2. (transitive) To bring bad luck to.
  3. (transitive) To cause something to happen by mentioning it, usually sarcastically.
    • 2008, Susane Colasanti, When It Happens, Penguin (→ISBN), chapter 46:
      “So you'll all be near New York!” Maggie says. “We don't know for sure yet.” Sara stresses. “Don't jinx it.”
    • 2012, Sally Heinrich, Hungry Ghosts, Hachette UK (→ISBN)
      I've no idea if she guessed what I was intending to do. I don't know why I was so reluctant to talk about it, even to her. Maybe I was afraid that verbalising my intentions would jinx it in some way.




  1. Used after the same response is said by two people simultaneously.
    Synonym: snap
    • 1991, Robert Cohen, “Flaming Moe's”, in The Simpsons[1], season 3, episode 10:
      Bart: I'm telling Mom and Dad! / Lisa: You're telling who? / Bart: Mom and Dad! / Girls: MOM AND DAD? JINX! / Janey Powell: Now you can't talk, 'til somebody says your name!


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