a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck.
verb (used with object)
to bring bad luck to; place a jinx on:
The strike has jinxed my plans to go to Milwaukee for the weekend.
to destroy the point of:
His sudden laugh jinxed the host’s joke.
an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
(transitive) to be or put a jinx on
1911, American English, originally baseball slang; perhaps ultimately from jyng “a charm, a spell” (17c.), originally “wryneck,” a bird used in witchcraft and divination, from Latin iynx “wryneck,” from Greek iynx.
Most mysterious of all in the psychics of baseball is the “jinx,” that peculiar “hoodoo” which affects, at times, a man, at other times a whole team. Let a man begin to think that there is a “jinx” about, and he is done for for the time being. [“Technical World Magazine,” 1911]
The verb is 1912 in American English, from the noun. Related: Jinxed; jinxing.
: Somebody jinxed him (1917+)
[apparently fr jynx or iynx, ”wryneck woodpecker,” fr the use of the bird in divination]
[jin-joh] /ˈdʒɪnˈdʒoʊ/ noun, Pinyin. 1. a city in S Liaoning province, in NE China. /ˈdʒɪnˈdʒəʊ/ noun 1. a city in NE China, in SW Liaoning province. Pop: 888 000 (2005 est) Former name (1913–47) Chin-hsien
modifier : a gyp joint/ gyp terms noun verb To cheat; swindle; con: We got gypped out of it all in two days [fr gypsy] Related Terms gyp
[hee-pee-hah-pah, -puh] /ˌhi piˈhɑ pɑ, -pə/ noun 1. Also called Panama-hat plant. a tropical American, palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata. 2. a Panama hat made from the young leaves of this plant. /ˌhiːpiːˈhɑːpɑː/ noun 1. a palmlike plant, Carludovica palmata, of Central and South America, whose fanlike leaves are bleached for making panama hats: family Cyclanthaceae
modifier : They discussed gyppo logging noun verb To cheat; swindle; gyp: The contract worker is being unmercifully gyppoed by the boss (1920s+) Related Terms gyppo