jinxing

jinx

[jingks]
noun
1.
a person, thing, or influence supposed to bring bad luck.
verb (used with object)
2.
to bring bad luck to; place a jinx on: The strike has jinxed my plans to go to Milwaukee for the weekend.
3.
to destroy the point of: His sudden laugh jinxed the host's joke.

Origin:
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)
 
n
1.  an unlucky or malevolent force, person, or thing
 
vb
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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jinx
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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