jink

jink

[jingk]
noun
1.
jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
2.
British Dialect, chink.

Origin:
1690–1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter

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jink (dʒɪŋk)
 
vb
1.  to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
 
n
2.  a jinking movement
 
[C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement]

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jink
"to wheel or fling about in dancing" (v.), 1715, of unknown origin. High jinks (1700) originally was a drinking game; sense of "lively or boisterous sport" is from 1842.
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