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jink

[jingk] /dʒɪŋk/
noun
1.
jinks, prankish or frolicsome activities.
2.
British Dialect, chink2 .
Origin of jink
1690-1700
1690-1700; variant of dial. chink to gasp violently; compare Old English cincung boisterous laughter
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  • "There is something I wanted to tell you jinks," lighting his pipe slowly.

    Afterwards Ian Maclaren
  • "Upstairs, curling her hair," shouted the child who was known by the name of jinks.

    A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
  • Blinks and jinks both know that in their business courtesy comes through contact.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • So, as they were all agreed on this, the jinks Club was started.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • And so the long morning dragged itself away, and at luncheon-time the jinks Club sent its members home.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • The jinks Club was having its weekly meeting, and all of the members were present.

    Marjorie's Busy Days Carolyn Wells
  • This is a high-toned town, by jinks, and the boys won't stand it.

  • He is a vagabond on his own statement; is he not, Mr. jinks?

  • There were those in all the wards who stood aloof from the merriment, and would have none of the jinks.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • Maybe I may, and why should I not run the risk as well as you, Mr. jinks?

    Afterwards Ian Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for jinks

jinks

/dʒɪŋks/
plural noun
1.
boisterous or mischievous play (esp in the phrase high jinks)
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

jink

/dʒɪŋk/
verb
1.
to move swiftly or jerkily or make a quick turn in order to dodge or elude
noun
2.
a jinking movement
Word Origin
C18: of Scottish origin, imitative of swift movement
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Word Origin and History for jinks

jink

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jinks

jinks

Related Terms

hi-jinks

jink

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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with jinks

jinks

see: high jinks
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