If your sister gets a flat tire every single time you ride in her car, she may have good reason to accuse you of being a jinx, or a bringer of bad luck.

When your bad luck makes you think there's a jinx on you, you believe that you're cursed. A bad omen — like a black cat — can be called a jinx, or the resulting bad fortune itself might be referred to that way. Jinx is also a verb, meaning "to subject to bad luck." In the 17th century the word was jyng, which also meant a bird called a "wryneck," used in witchcraft.

Definitions of jinx

n an evil spell

curse, hex, whammy
Type of:
charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
a verbal formula believed to have magical force

n a person believed to bring bad luck to those around him

Type of:
unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune

v cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

bewitch, enchant, glamour, hex, witch
bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
place under a spell
Type of:
becharm, charm
control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft

v foredoom to failure

“This project is jinxed!”
Type of:
foreordain, predestine, preordain
foreordain or determine beforehand

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