Meaning of JINK in English


I. ˈjiŋk noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown

1. jinks ˈjiŋ(k)s plural : pranks, frolics

operettas in which the jinks of a prewar military aristocracy were reclothed in the fashions of 1932 — Christopher Isherwood

the jinks of a gang of youthful pranksters

2. : the act or movement of one that jinks : a dodging away : slip

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

intransitive verb


a. : to move quickly with sudden turns or changes of direction (as in dancing or dodging)

is constantly flying at fast speed, and is forever jinking all over the sky, twisting, turning, weaving, trying to avoid the flak from below — J.S.Childers

b. : to run away especially by agile movements

the bear had jinked sideways and vanished into a cave — Christine Weston

these little white grouse jink out over the snowy sidings — Richard Perry

2. chiefly Scotland : to play tricks and frolic

3. : to play for five tricks in spoil five after winning three at the risk of losing if unsuccessful the tricks already taken — used with it

transitive verb

1. chiefly Scotland : to escape by dodging or ducking

2. chiefly Scotland : to defeat by cheating or trickery

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by alteration

dialect England : chink III

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

dialect England : chink IV

a shunt engine groaned, and jinked the buffers of the freight trucks — Robert Westerby

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