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.

1910–15, Americanism; perhaps < Latin jynx wryneck (bird used in divination and magic) < Greek íynx

outjinx, verb (used with object)
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jinx (dʒɪŋks)
1.  an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
2.  (tr) to be or put a jinx on
[C20: perhaps from New Latin Jynx genus name of the wryneck, from Greek iunx wryneck, the name of a bird used in magic]

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Word Origin & History

1911, Amer.Eng., from 17c. jyng "a charm, a spell," originally "wryneck," a bird used in witchcraft and divination, from L. iynx "wryneck," from Gk. iynx. The verb is 1917 in Amer.Eng., from the noun.
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Example sentences
Once it was an anomaly, then it became a trend and now it's a full-fledged jinx.
One does not discuss such things, he said, as if it might jinx his chances.
He turned nervously away from the board, as if staring at it might jinx his
  sister's subterfuge.
And he's in the process of lining up a full-time gig that he doesn't want to
  jinx by disclosing.
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