I. intransitive verb Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1785 to move quickly or unexpectedly with sudden turns and shifts (as in dodging) II. noun Date: 1786 1. a quick evasive turn ; slip 2. plural pranks, frolics; especially high jinks

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  • Jink — Jink, v. i. [Cf. {Jig}, v. i.] 1. To move quickly, esp. with a sudden turn; hence, to dodge; to escape by a quick turn; obs. or dial., except as a hunting term in pig sticking. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. (Card Playing) In the games of spoilfive and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jink — [dʒıŋk] v [I] to change direction suddenly ▪ He jinked left, then right, throwing the plane into steep and sudden turns …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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 (Cf. hijinks) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jink — ► VERB ▪ change direction suddenly and nimbly. ► NOUN ▪ a sudden quick change of direction. ORIGIN originally Scottish as high jinks, denoting antics at drinking parties …   English terms dictionary

  • jink — [jiŋk] vi. [< ?] Chiefly Brit. to move swiftly or with sudden turns, as in dodging a pursuer n. Chiefly Brit. an eluding, as by a quick, sudden turn …   English World dictionary

  • jink — per·jink; jink; …   English syllables

  • jink — UK [dʒɪŋk] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms jink : present tense I/you/we/they jink he/she/it jinks present participle jinking past tense jinked past participle jinked British informal to change direction quickly, usually in order to avoid… …   English dictionary

  • jink — I Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Dance about. The floor of the sauna was hot so I had to jink about to get to a seat. II North Country (Newcastle) Words to sound or ring, to jingle …   English dialects glossary

  • jink — [[t]ʤɪ̱ŋk[/t]] jinks, jinking, jinked VERB To jink somewhere means to move there quickly in an irregular way, rather than by moving in a straight line. [BRIT, INFORMAL] → See also high jinks [V adv/prep] As they reached the start finish line… …   English dictionary

  • jink — See: HIGH JINKS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jink — See: HIGH JINKS …   Dictionary of American idioms

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