• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jink (Card Playing) In the games of spoilfive and forty-five, to win the game by taking all five tricks; also, to play to win all five tricks, losing what has been already won if unsuccessful.
    • Jink 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • jink To move nimbly.
    • jink To make a quick turn; dodge; elude a person by dodging; escape.
    • jink In the card-games of spoil-five and forty-five, to win the game by winning all the tricks in one hand.
    • jink To elude; dodge.
    • jink To cheat; trick.
    • n jink A quick illusory turn; the act of eluding another.
    • n jink In the card-games of spoil-five and forty-five, the winning of all the tricks in a hand by one side.
    • jink To jingle; chink: as, the money jinked.
    • n jink The sharp jingle of coins; hence, coin itself; chink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Jink jingk (Scot.) to move nimbly, to dodge
    • v.t Jink to elude: to cheat
    • n Jink a quick, illusory turn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Jig (v. i.)


In literature:

We aint none of us 'Igh Jink folks.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
Jinks took his, and I took mine.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Colonel Jinks had laid up a competence and had always intended to retire, when he could afford it, to the market town.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
And, even if the captain don't come, by Jinks!
"Sunset Pass" by Charles King
Then, by jinks, I saw that it was the head of an Indian shoved up over the edge of the coulee.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
The back window being up a jink, I heard the two confabbing.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
I'm Abednego Jinks, not much of a part, only you can get in a little gag now and then.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
Joe Jinks's been shot.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
Buffalo Bill, too, waked up, and demanded a jink of water.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Meredith Starr and his chum, Jinks, were under an old apple-tree in the garden orchard, and Ned joined them.
"The Blue Birds' Winter Nest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy

In poetry:

Then as you muse,
And gently snooze,
Between thinks
You remember those jinks
When spirits were high
On the Fourth of July.
"The Glorious Fourth And Its Memories" by Edwin Carty Ranck
An' he would gi'e the bow a screw,
An' then, wi' mony a jink an' sweep,
Play till we daun'ered to oor beds
To hear him playin' in' our sleep.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
A dark fir-wud hings ower the burn,
That wannerin' jinks roun' monny a turn,
Far doon oot through the lanely dell,
By whilk ance leev't my Cousin Bell.
"Cousin Bell: An Incident In Real Life" by Janet Hamilton
Henry in Ireland to Bill underground:
Rest well, who worked so hard, who made a good sound
constantly, for so many years:
your high-jinks delighted the continents & our ears:
you had so many girls your life was a triumph
and you loved your one wife.
"Dream Song 324" by John Berryman

In news:

A few years ago, Destin Jinks was in a horse-riding competition.
Maeve Jinkings in Neighboring Sounds.
Son of former NFL star is known for high jinks, intelligence.
Tales of romantic high jinks , some too good to be true.
Cheeky animated crew keeps high-seas high jinks afloat.
Former E-N Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Simmons just dropped this track, "Mike Jinks Back," a rap song about Steele coach Mike Jinks .
Gefilte Jinks in Joan's Kitchen.
Though his 1999 film American Beauty focused on a suburban family in crisis, producer Dan Jinks wonders whether the country's current financial state might preclude dramas like that from being made today.
On the High Seas, a Mix of Danger and Bumbling High Jinks.
"Kangaroo Jack" concerns a pair of hapless fellows from Brooklyn who set off for Australia with $50,000 of a Mafioso's money, which is promptly snatched by a marsupial , setting in motion all manner of tiresome high jinks.
Jinks Lynn Fleeman died Nov 14, 2004, in Dallas, Texas.
Sporadic High-Tech High Jinks Don't Cast Outcome in Doubt.
"Kangaroo Jack" concerns a pair of hapless fellows from Brooklyn who set off for Australia with $50,000 of a Mafioso's money, which is promptly snatched by a marsupial, setting in motion all manner of tiresome high jinks.
Jeffrey Jinks, of Pelican Baptist Church.
United Methodist's madrigal delivers Christmas message wrapped in humor, high jinks.