Jinks



[jingk] /dʒɪŋk/

noun
1.
jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
2.
British Dialect. 2 .
/dʒɪŋks/
plural noun
1.
boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
/dʒɪŋk/
verb
1.
to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
noun
2.
a jinking movement
v.

“to wheel or fling about in dancing,” 1715, Scottish, of unknown origin. As a noun, 1786, “act of eluding,” probably from the verb in the sense “elude” (1774). For high jinks, see hijinks.

Related Terms

hi-jinks

verb

To takeevasive action; dodge; zig-zag: went jinking down the field, shot and missed/ She jinked sideways to avoid an oncoming truck

[1785+; fr northern English dialect jink, ”make a quick evasive turn,” adopted into the idiom of rugby football; popularized by Vietnam War Air Force use]
see: high jinks

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